An afternoon tasting through four elegant Champagnes with Champagne Laurent-Perrier is an afternoon well spent.
Located in the grand cru village of Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, a former cooper. It has stayed a family business since its founding, and is now run by two sisters, Alexandra Perèyre de Nonacourt & Stéphanie Méneux de Nonacourt. The House only produces Champagne, and has had the same cellar master, Michel Fauconnet, since 1973.
Ultra Brut NV: Laurent-Perrier was a trail blazer in the “Brut Nature” category with their Ultra Brut, launched in 1981. With 0 sugar added, it’s a true 0 dosage. Clean & crisp with that perfect Champagne minerality, this is a refreshing take on a a classic.
55% Chard, 45% Pinot Noir. Premier Cru. SRP $79.99
La Cuvée NV: The Flagship. This popular Brut is fresh and elegant, just as Champagne should be. Hat tip to Chardonnay, which dominates the blend at 55%–35% Pinot Noir, and 10% Meunier. Premier Cru. SRP: $49.99
Harmony Demi-Sec NV: Much more supple and sweet than the Ultra Brut, the Demi-Sec offers an opportunity to soften the mouth, still with noticeable acidity, for a more interesting food pairing. Try Foie Gras. At the right sweetness level, this bottle still gives you full-suit minerality but balanced with the roundness of 40g/L dosage.
45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 15% Meunier. Premier Cru. SRP: $50
Cuvée Rosé NV: Did you notice the rose gold tiger cage? You won’t see this bottle in the U.S. until later this year, but Laurent-Perrier was also one of the first rosé Champagnes to launch in the U.S. years ago. 100% Pinot Noir, maintaining skin contact for 48-72 hours before a double press. Luxurious with ample fruit on the palate, it’s a fine expression of what pink Champagne should look and taste, and the packaging is surely the cherry on top! Grand Cru. SRP: $99.99