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Laurent-Perrier Vintage Reserve Recently Disgorged 1997

Mix 12
£252.00
Mix 6
£254.00
Per Bottle
£258.00
Delivery Requires up to 2 Working Days Stored Professionally in-bond outside London LCB Eton Park
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 make vintages very rarely, only selecting the very best years. This makes their Brut Millésimé a rare and outstanding champagne that expresses clearly the specific character of each vintage in the Laurent-Perrier style. The release of a trio of vintages, ’97, ’99 and 2000 is is the first time vintage magnums have been released as “recent disgorgements” with 20+ years on the lees, giving them amazing texture and fruit expression, yet because of the recent disgorgements, they are super fresh.

Weather in 1997: The year began with arctic temperatures that were followed by spring frosts, then by a series of storms that included hail. Good conditions at flowering and a very hot month of August were most beneficial, producing high sugar levels together with prominent acidity. Elegance and finesse characterize this beautiful 1997 vintage.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Mesnil, Cramant, Oger, Chouilly | Pinot Noir: Verzy, Verzenay and Bouzy
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Lees Ageing: 23 years
Dosage: 7 g/l
Disgorged: 22nd April 2021
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Intense lemon yellow colour. Really quite mature, candified nose yet with marked citrus acidity on the palate. It tastes more marked by Chardonnay than by Pinot. Zesty and refreshing. Medium finish that does build to quite a sweet note on the very end, but it's perhaps just a little too austere at this point to be truly seductive. - Tasted by Jancis Robinson MW
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Overview
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Expert Reviews
16.5+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Magnum. Intense lemon yellow colour. Really quite mature, candified nose yet with marked citrus acidity on the palate. It tastes more marked by Chardonnay than by Pinot. Zesty and refreshing. Medium finish that does build to quite a sweet note on the very end, but it's perhaps just a little too austere at this point to be truly seductive. Drink 2022-34”
News Articles
  1. The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 24

    The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 24

    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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