Friday 21 June 2024

A Tasty Lineup From Laurent-Perrier

The last tasting of the season for our monthly tasting group. It was my turn and I put up these six bottles from Laurent-Perrier (the current spelling, the spelling on the two oldest bottles is Laurent Perrier, without the line between Laurent and Perrier).

NV Brut
A deep, mature, barnyardy nose with notes of mushrooms, dried peaches, cold coffee and paint. Still very much alive.
The taste is medium bodied and dry with notes of mahogany, dried cherries, gravel and mushrooms. A fine acidity. According to the seller, this bottle is from the 60´s, but who knows. I mailed both Laurent-Perrier and their Swedish importer to no avail, no answer from either, I guess they are to busy to have contact with customers...
88p   (tasted 2024/06)

NV Brut La Cuvée
From magnum. A young, steely nose with notes of peach, lemon peel, grass and gravel. High, young and fine.
A crisp, tight taste with a high acidity, stern lemon fruit and a long, pure finish. 6+ years. Depending on the vintage - 50+% Chardonnay, 30-35% Pinot Noir and 10-15% Pinot Meunier.
91p   (tasted 2024/06)

Cuvée Grand Siècle
The older of the two Grand Siècle. Since we don´t know which three vintages that have gone into this cuvée, we guess it to be from the 70´s.
The nose is soft and old with notes of linoleum, dried mushrooms, old autumn apples and assorted nuts. The scent of a mature Sercial.
The taste is dry and seedy with a high acidity, dried yellow fruits, dried grass and gravel. A tad one dimensional in the finish. 
87p   (tasted 2024/06)

Grand Siècle
An absolute stunner, one of the best Champagne´s ever tasted. The nose is very deep and refined with gorgeous notes of tangerines, coffee powder, candied lemons, seafood stock and fried nuts. Lovely.
The taste is pure, intense and layered with everything in place - fruit, acidity and a perfect maturity. We´re guessing that this is from the late 80´s, but who knows. A truly great wine.
98p   (tasted 2024/06)

NV Cuvée Rosé
A finely tuned nose with notes of raspberry fudge, earth, ripening strawberries and herbs. Very, very good.
The taste is nicely matured with notes of dried raspberries, gravel, chrushed rocks and herbs. A fine acidity. According to the seller this bottle is from the 90´s. 100% Pinot Noir.
90p   (tasted 2024/06)

NV Cuvée Rosé
From magnum. A young, creamy nose with notes of raspberries, cranberries, ripe lingonberries, dark flowers and asphalt. Very fine.
The taste is upfront and crisp with a fine intensity, ripe raspberries, licorice and earth. Lovely. 5+ years.
92p   (tasted 2024/06)

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