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Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2006

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£59.95
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Description & Technical Information
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Although originally founded in 1812, the name Champagne Laurent-Perrier was not conceived until 1964. It was Bernard de Nonancourt who initiated Laurent-Perrier's rise to world fame. One of Champagne's most important figures in the 20th century, he officially took over in 1948 after a three-year apprenticeship at the Houses of Delamotte and Lanson. In his 62-year tenure, production grew from 80,000 bottles annually to over eight million. Under de Nonancourt, Laurent-Perrier were the first House to use stainless-steel vats and the first House to create both a zero dosage champagne (Ultra Brut) and a multi-vintage prestige cuvée (Grand Siècle). Sadly, de Nonancourt passed away in 2010 and Laurent-Perrier is now managed by his two daughters, Alexandra and Stéphanie alongside Cellar Master Michel Fauconnet and has become one of the region's largest producers, they are perhaps best known for Cuvée Rosé, the most recognised rosé champagne on the planet.

Laurent-Perrier choose to make vintages very rarely, only selecting the very best years. This makes their Brut Millésimé a rare and outstanding champagne that clearly expresses the specific character of each vintage in the Laurent-Perrier style. It is bottled and aged in Laurent-Perrier's cellars for almost eight years before being disgorged prior to release.

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.

Technical Information:
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 2028

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.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Overview
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Expert Reviews
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“50:50 Chardonnay:Pinot Noir. Low-acid year, especially for Chardonnay. Disgorged February 2017. Dosage 8 g/l too (just like the 2007 tasted immediately before).
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.
Drink 2014-2024”
90 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“This newcomer in magnum is still in its infancy, even dormant to a certain degree. Behind a cool façade there is rich, opulent fruitiness and plenty of muscle to build upon. Stylish, pastry and vanilla-lined, deep and layered nose. Wide, fleshy, round palate, well in balance. Velvet-textured and long, appears built to last.”
16/20
Julia Harding MW
“50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir. Dosage 9 g/l.
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)”
93/100
Stephan Reinhardt
“The 2006 Millésime Brut reflects the vintage as well as the house style of Laurent-Perrier. It blends the vivacious freshness and white fruit flavors of Chardonnay with the full ripeness of Pinot Noir (50/50). Citrus-yellow in color and with a fine perlage, the 2006 opens with intense and fresh citrus aromas intermixed with white fruit, apricot, brioche and nougat flavors. Mouth-filling, round and fresh on the palate, this vintage reveals a stunning finesse and salinity in the lean and elegant, persistent and refreshing finish. This is a very well-defined and stimulatingly fresh and mineral vintage Champagne with a silky texture. A remarkably good 2006.”
16.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Relatively light impact but everything is well balanced. Very neat. Absolutely correct without being in any way a standout. Impressive impact on the finish.”
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Awards
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CSWWC Gold 2015
News Articles
  1. The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 26

    The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 26

    June 21, 2021

    The Grand Siecle concept is a blend of three great vintages, each bringing certain characteristics from different base years. Only 24 iterations have been produced in 65 years in Laurent Perrier's quest to find 'The perfect vintage champagne'.
  2. Laurent-Perrier: Something New, Something New, Something... New

    Laurent-Perrier: Something New, Something New, Something... New

    October 3, 2019

    A year of change for Laurent-Perrier sees the house welcome a new champagne, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV; a redefined prestige cuvée concept, Grand Siècle Iterations; and finally, a new chef de cave, Dominique Demarville. We caught up in June to find out more.
  3. Laurent-Perrier: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Laurent-Perrier: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 15, 2019

    "Everything is good, my work now is to find which ones are very good." Laurent-Perrier had a successful harvest in 2018, a year which Chef de Cave Michel Fauconnet believes will most certainly produce a stunning vintage champagne and hopefully a strong Alexandra Rosé as well.
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