This Champagne receives no 'dosage' to adjust the sweetness level prior to release. Its delicate finish, which leaves the palate fresh, and its subtle balance, make this the most versatile champagne in Laurent-Perrier's range.
Dom Pérignon is vintage champagne only. Each vintage is a creation, singular and unique, that expresses both the character of the year, and the character of Dom Pérignon. After at least eight years of elaboration in the cellars, the wine embodies the perfect balance of Dom Pérignon, the Plénitude of harmony.
The stretch of excellent weather condition of 2009 was unprecedented, and allowed them to explore new frontiers of grape ripeness in Champagne. The vintage offers a taste of the ripest and richest fruit, grapes in their prime, with the promise of the future wine's freshness and energy. The 2009 vintage brings a prodigious, sunny, bold and generous decade to a close.
On the palate there are notes of guava and spicy green grapefruit zest combine with stone fruit: white peach and nectarine. The wine opens up, with the whole complemented by woody vanilla and warm, lightly toasted brioche. The fruit is on the palate is majestic: ripe, fleshy and profound. Beyond the richness and a certain voluptuousness is a strong impression of consistency that prevails. The wine’s power is remarkably restrained. The various sensations – silky, salty, sappy, bitter and briny – converge and persist.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009 is a wine that needs to be excited. It needs a framework, it appeals to be stretched with contrasts.
The champagne reaches out to the "vegetable" and "mineral" worlds, calling out by sea urchin carbonara with cardamom mousse. It works brilliantly when it has something to chew on: octopus marinated in Sicilian orange juice and roasted in butter.
Awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue link below).
Golden in colour with intense aromas of fruit and toasty hazelnuts. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with great finesse. This Champagne is a perfect match for any white fish or seafood.
Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).
This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration.
One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.
Superb, quality champagne from a very small, family producer situated in Bouzy. The 60:40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay adds elegance and finesse to the Champagne and a minimum of 3 years on lees adds complexity. This is a modern style of Grand Cru with light body, citrus fruit on the nose and apple and pear fruit on the palate. Won a Silver Medal at the 2011 International Wine Challenge.
This is an outstanding Grand Cru Rose - some of the larger Champagne houses could learn a thing or two from the team at Pierre Paillard! This is a 70:30 blend of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, with 3 and a half years ageing on lees. The result is an exquisite Rose champagne with a salmon pink colour, raspberry and redcurrants on the nose and strawberries on the palate, with underlying minerality and freshness from the Chardonnay. This wine was awarded a trophy at the 2011 International Wine Challagne for the best Rose Champagne in the entire competition, an outstanding achievement.
I can sum up this wine in three words……rich, complex, elegant. Made from a 50:50 blend of first press Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru plots, the 2002 vintage spent 8 long years on lees before release. In spite of the ageing, the wine is extremely fresh and youthful but still retains the complexity and finesse that you would expect. Aromas of brioche, figs and honey are present on the nose and carry through to the long, complex finish. Awarded a Silver Medal at the 2011 International Wine Challenge.