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Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2002 Champagne 75cl
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Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. This helped create a harvest that was marked by great homogeneity and superb balance. An extremely serene and generous year, 2002 is generally considered one of the best harvests in the last two decades.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Mailly, Verzy
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2024
Tasting Note: The initial aroma is marked by an attractive fruity character which then evolves to display notes of ripe fruits and honey. As its character is gradually revealed, there is a sense of complexity, depth of flavour and a still youthful freshness, typical of the 2002 vintage. The long finish is marked by persistent notes of yellow stone fruits. Now with a few more years age since release it is starting to show some lovely brûlée and more complex nutty characters. From such a top notch vintage there is no rush to drink this champagne, it will continue to improve for many more years.
Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2002 does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in a silver gift box.
Tasted blind. Deeper gold than most. Quite broad and even oaky – sort of Bollinger style. Quite evolved aromatically with a hint of cheesiness. Bone dry on the end. Seems as though it is just losing a bit of fruit in the middle. Falls off very slightly on the end, but compared with the others there is good energy and I ended up upgrading it from 16.5. Very slightly bitter finish.”
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
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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 Ambonnay, Bouzy, Dizy and Tours-Sur-Marne. 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 renamed the house 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 strived to keep up the business her mother had worked so hard for. However, in 1939 with only 12,000 bottles left in the cellars, she sold the business to Madame Louise Lanson de Nonancourt, the sister of Champagne producers Victor and Henry Lanson and her youngest son, Bernard de Nonancourt eventually inherited the house.
In 1945 when Bernard de Nonancourt returned from the war, he began an apprenticeship at the houses of Delamotte and Lanson, learning all he needed to know about champagne production. By 1949 he was finally ready to take over ownership of the house which at that time was still called Veuve Laurent-Perrier. It was changed in 1964 to Champagne Laurent-Perrier.
Bernard de Nonancourt’s ambition from the start was to make great quality champagne and establish the house as one of the main players in the region. In his 60 years at the helm, Bernard created the modern-day Laurent-Perrier style: essentially light, fresh and 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’.
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.
Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier is made using nearly a dozen crus: most of them Grand Cru from the southern and northern regions of the Montagne de Reims, including the celebrated Côte de Bouzy. With a preference for Crus located in Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Verzenay, Verzy and the northern part of Mailly, Bernard’s rosé in its elegant bottle inspired by the times of French King Henri IV soon made a worldwide name for itself, eclipsing his ambitious vision for the house.
Having reached 90 years old, Bernard sadly died in 2010 and was succeeded by his two daughters Stéphanie and Alexandra, who today ensure Laurent-Perrier remains firmly a family owned Champagne house.