The Friday Bubble – Review of Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2012 with Essi Avellan MW and Nick Baker TFB Founder

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Today on The Friday Bubble with Essi Avellan Master of wine and Nick Baker discuss the release of Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2012

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.

94/100 Essi Avellan MW
“A Laurent-Perrier Vintage is one of the Champagne world’s safest bets. Therefore, there is no reason why the great 2012 should be anything but outstanding. It is a classic 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with the former originating in the Côte des Blancs communes of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant and Chouilly, and the latter from Montagne de Reims’s Bouzy, Aÿ, Verzy, Mailly and Rilly-la-Montagne. The nose is opening up beautifully, with sweet spicy tones and classy toasty whiffs complexing the radiant and intense fruit. A fruit salad in all its sweet nuances, but there are also some deeper and darker shades of aromatic wood and berries. Really intense on the palate, too, simply bursting with fruit. The texture is viscous, almost oily; due to the phenomenal concentration, it comes across almost winey. The mousse is soft. Despite the beautiful acid line and citric quality, the overall impression remains calm and mellow. This will take time beautifully.”