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|Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004
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Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004 ChampagneThe house was set up by Eugene Laurent in Tours-Sur-Marne, and after marrying Mathilde-Emilie Perrier, the company name was born. Marie-Louise de Nonancourt, a member of another great Champagne family, Lanson, acquired the house in 1938 after the owners died. In 1948 her son, Bernard, who had spent much of the Second World War fighting in the Resistance, took over the business and began the process of rebuilding it after the war. Laurent-Perrier has been on a steep growth curve, with expansion in recent years now seeing the house ranked number five in Champagne by volume, but finding a comfortable equilibrium in that precarious balance between volume and finely tuned quality is what sets Laurent-Perrier apart.
Alexandra Rosé is a rare prestige cuvée Rosé that is selected from the best plots of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Grand Crus. 2004 is only the seventh production of Alexandra Rosé since its first release of 1982 in 1987. Produced from 100% Grand Cru vineyards, from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay.
2004 was a year that saw an initial winter of mild temperatures and intermittent storms and hail, the spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late on in September produced good quality fruits, especially for Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region and overall many experts believe that 2004 was one of the greatest vintages in two decades.
On the nose, hints of strawberries and red currants combined with candied fruits. A stunning palate, dominated with Pinot Noir elegance, well refined with a superb balance, more red fruits and a delicate but full bodied finish of strawberries and blackcurrants. From magnum, given time to mature will be fabulous.
2004 is the first vintage that Alexandra Rosé has been released in magnum format.
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir 80%, Chardonnay 20%
Dosage: 7-8 g/L
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“Elegantly berried with Volney-like refined Pinot note. On the reductive side with stylish toasty-gunpowdery notes. Raspberry and peach, forest floor. Light-weight, vivacious, tense palate. Super sophisticated style of rosé. Youthful still, and especially the magnums should be left for later.”
“First produced in the 1987 vintage to celebrate the marriage of owner Bernard de Nonancourt's eldest daughter, this bottling is now mature. Ripe, it still retains plenty of red fruits while also allowing the toasty character to show through. It's a rosé that calls for food, a rich and balanced wine that is just perfect to drink now.”
“(80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay): Light, bright orange-pink. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Taut, linear and strikingly pure, offering deeply concentrated redcurrant and strawberry scents and hints of allspice, smoky lees and jasmine. Powerful yet lithe rose with superb finishing power, focus and mineral-driven persistence.”
The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Laurent-Perrier wine-searcher.com, 22nd May 2014
In 1812 André-Michel Pierlot, a former cooper and bottler from Aÿ, settled in Tours-sur-Marne setting up as a champagne négociant (merchant). His son Alphonse Pierlot, who succeeded him, established the champagne house: Le Roy Fils & Pierlot. On his death in 1881 and having no heir he left the house to his cellar master, Eugène Laurent and his wife Mathilde Emilie Perrier. The house became known as "Eugène Laurent & Co".
Eugène Laurent ensured that his business had the essential basis for producing great champagnes by buying several existing houses in Tours-sur-Marne to build up his own estate. In parallel, he acquired a number of plots located in the very best terroirs of Tours-Sur-Marne, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Dizy He also excavated 800 metres of cellars and installed a tasting laboratory, only to meet a premature, accidental death in 1887. His widow Mathilde decided to take on the running of the company herself and renames the house as "Veuve Laurent-Perrier & Co" linking her name with that of her late husband.
Mathilde died in 1925 and her daughter Eugenie inherited the company facing a huge challenge but wanting to keep up the business her mother had worked so hard for. Eventually however, in 1939, with only 12,000 bottles in the cellars, she sells to Madame Louise Lanson De Nonancourt, the sister of champagne producers Victor and Henry Lanson and her youngest son Bernard De Nonancourt came to inherit the house.
When in 1945 Bernard de Nonancourt returns from the war he begins his apprenticeship learning all he needs to know about how to make champagne in the houses of Delamotte and Lanson, and so by 1949 he was finally ready to take over ownership of Laurent-Perrier, which at that time was still called "Veuve Laurent-Perrier". It was changed in 1964 to "Champagne Laurent-Perrier".
From the start Bernard de Nonancourt's ambition was to make great quality champagne and establish the House as one of the main players in the world of Champagne. In his 60 years at the helm, Bernard created the modern day Laurent-Perrier style: essentially light, fresh elegant champagnes. He transformed it into a leading independent champagne brand with a global reputation with success founded on a healthy respect for the natural world and for people. His philosophy was 'with quality people and quality products you cannot fail'.
Sadly he died in 2010, aged 90 and is succeeded by his two daughters, Stéphanie and Alexandra ensuring Laurent-Perrier remains a family owned champagne house.
Prior to 1968, making non-vintage rosé champagne was virtually unthinkable. It was in the midst of a cultural revolution that the visionary Bernard de Nonancourt gave it its credentials. This daring wine combines real structure with freshness and a soft, vinous character. In its elegant bottle inspired by the times of French King Henri IV, Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier soon made a name for itself worldwide. Made using nearly a dozen crus, most of them grands cru, mainly from the South and North parts of the Montagne de Reims - including the celebrated Côte de Bouzy - with a preference for crus from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, the south part of Tours-sur-Marne, Verzenay, Verzy and the north part of Mailly.