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Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2008

Mix 12
£142.00
Mix 6
£144.00
Per Bottle
£148.00
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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: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.

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: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: A light golden appearance with a delicate fine stream of bubbles, initial notes on the nose are floral and hints citrus. A well balanced but direct palate has all the offerings of white fruits and fresh oranges.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Overview
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Expert Reviews
93/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2008 Brut Millésimé is a gorgeous wine that expresses all of the pedigree of the vintage beautifully. Complex and nuanced, with tons of class, the 2008 has so much to offer. Dried pear, mint, chamomile, crushed rock, dried flowers and pastry overtones are all laced together in this finely-knit, resonant Champagne. At $75.00 a bottle, Laurent-Perrier’s Brut Millésimé is one the best widely available vintage Champagne readers find from this historic harvest.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Very high acidity, pH under 3 in some cases. 50/50 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. Dosage 8 g/l – not higher because Chef de Cave Michel Fauconnet didn’t want to hide the character of the vintage. ‘1988 was also very austere.’ Disgorged June 2018.
Greenish gold. Very fine bead. Attractive mixture of ripeness and smokiness on the nose. Extremely different from the easy 2007. Fauconnet thinks this tastes as though it’s all Chardonnay because of the austerity of the vintage. I wouldn’t actually describe it as austere. Fine-boned, rather, with lots of fruit. Tense but fine with lots to chew on. Much richer than the Blanc de Blancs.”
92 → 95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Amazing purity of Chardonnay dominates this precise, extremely vivacious wine of notable nervosity of freshness. Lot of green apple, pear and apricot notes alongside emerging reductive toasty charm. Truly classy and built to last. ”
93/100
William Kelley
“A blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that was disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Millésimé is showing nicely today, unwinding in the glass with aromas of green apple, pear, orange oil, spices and fresh bread. Medium to full-bodied, bright and precise, with tangy acids and a pillowy mousse, it concludes with a penetrating finish. This is aging very gracefully.”
Awards
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CSWWC 2020 World Champion
CSWWC 2020 Best In Class
CSWWC 2020 Gold
CSWWC Gold 2019
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. New: Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2008

    New: Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2008

    June 7, 2019

    Laurent-Perrier have just launched their latest vintage champagne: Vintage 2008. Chef de Cave Michel Fauconnet described 2008 as one of his "favourite years for vinification" and it's easy to see why. The enriched texture from extended lees ageing makes this the best vintage from Laurent-Perrier since Vintage 2002.
  4. 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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