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Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2006 Champagne 75cl
|Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2006 - 75cl||Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2006 - 75cl||£57.95
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
Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger | Pinot Noir: Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Verzy, Verzenay
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2025
Tasting Note: A light yellow appearance and a subtle nose of fresh pineapple and dried apricots. The palate is very balanced with hints of white peach flavour peeking through. Well-roundedness is the real making of the 2006 vintage and it is what makes this a great champagne.
Quite deep yellow. Broad and lightly nutty on the nose. Again, the compressed, tight-knit style of Laurent-Perrier but much more obviously sweet and almost lemon-cream/syllabub notes. Friendly and accessible. Easy-peasy. Light to medium weight. Almost crème pâtissière. A certain softness.
Smells rather like roast chicken on the nose, complete with sage stuffing. A bit woody on the palate. Crisp but a bit ordinary for the price. (JH)”
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In 1812 André-Michel Pierlot, a former cooper and bottler from Aÿ, settled in Tours-sur-Marne and set up business as a champagne négociant (merchant). His son who succeeded him, Alphonse Pierlot, established the champagne house Le Roy Fils & Pierlot. In 1881, on his death bed and with 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 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.