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Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rose 2004 Champagne
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Sadly, de Nonancourt passed away in 2010 and Laurent-Perrier is now managed by his two daughters, Alexandra and Stéphanie. The production style is elegant, Chardonnay-driven, pure and fruit-forward and current Cellar Master Michel Fauconnet believes strictly in minimising oxidation. Indeed, Laurent-Perrier are one of the most reductive in style, serving to enhance their fruity expression and smoky complexity. Now one of the region's largest producers, they are perhaps best known for Cuvée Rosé, the most recognised rosé champagne on the planet.
Cellar Master: Michel Fauconnet
Winery Location: Tours-sur-Marne | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Vallée de la Marne
Annual Production (bottles): 7,500,000
Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004 marks the seventh vintage release since the launch of Alexandra Rosé 1982 in 1987 and is the first vintage in which magnums have been produced.
Weather: The 2004 vintage saw an initial winter of mild temperatures with intermittent storms and hail. The spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late in September produced good quality fruits, especially for the Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region. Overall many experts believe that 2004 is one of the greatest vintages of the last two decades.
News Article: Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Rosé 2004 placed fourth in our comprehensive Blanc vs Rosé blind tasting in May 2017 with Essi Avellan MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzenay | Chardonnay: Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
Ageing: 10 years on the lees
Dosage: 7-8 g/l
Tasting Note: On the nose hints of strawberries and redcurrants combine with candied fruits. A stunning palate dominated by Pinot Noir elegance, this is well refined with superb balance. More red fruits and a delicate but full-bodied finish of strawberries and blackcurrants. From magnum, and given time to mature, this will be outstanding.
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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.