Estate: Founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot, Laurent-Perrier is famously located at the center of 3 renowned Champagne vineyards: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. André Michel Pierlot was succeeded by his son who did not have any children. He left the estate to his cellar master, Eugène Laurent. Mathilde Emilie Perrier, Eugène Laurent’s widow, created the name Laurent-Perrier when she took over and expanded the business upon Eugène’s death. Her daughter was forced to sell the estate due to the economic crises of the Wars; it was purchased by to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939. Bernard de Nonancourt, her son, dedicated his life to the estate, transforming the small Champagne house into the acclaimed global brand it is today. After his death in 2010, his daughters, Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt continue on in his footsteps.
Philosophy: “Passion, creative boldness, free spirit and elegance through simplicity are the founding values of the House.”
Winemaking: “One of the few rosés still made by the saignée method. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henri IV, it has been widely acknowledged for its consistent high quality for more that 40 years.” It is known as the most iconic rosé Champagne in the world.
Tasting Notes: Coral-pink in colour with aromas of fresh berries, honey on toast and clean minerals. Densely packed, fine bubbles buoy raspberry, strawberry and rose petal notes, whilst a chalky minerality highlights the dry, crisp finish. Fantastically effortless to drink, you will savour each elegant and well-balanced dry, fruity fizzy sip.
100% Pinot Noir
For a surprise celebratory toast for my husband’s Law School graduation, I had intended on picking up a couple bottles of Moët & Chandon Imperial Nectar. As usual I was running errands very last minute, and the wine shop was absolutely cleaned out of all Moët & Chandon [no doubt due to the recent Great Gatsby hype]. I decided upon Bollinger ‘Special Cuvée’ Brut Champagne as my second choice. Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Joseph Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. In 2008 Jérôme Philipon took over as Chairman from Joseph Bollinger’s great-great-grandson, marking the first time in the company’s history that a non-family member is heading the firm. The ‘Special Cuvée’ was created in 1911, and is renowned as one of the finest non-vintage Champagnes.
Pale gold in colour, aromas of fresh pastry and lemon zest rose from the glass. Sweet baked apple and buttered toast flavours were joined by a snappy acidity in the fizzy body. Flinty minerals and traces of lemon comprised the crisp finish. Presenting a splendid balance of flavours, this is a harmonious and genteel glass fantastic with all merry occasions.
60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
Prepared by Bollinger
Ordinarily, I don’t have a tendency to misplace things. I pay particular attention to my wine notes; they are always on the coffee table or my desk [or as my husband calls it, my office/beat laboratory]. Always. Except for the notes that I took on the day of our nuptials for the Moët & Chandon Impérial Champagne. [Yes, this bride examined and analyzed each bottle during the entire adventure that was our elopement.] They went missing for nearly 2 months which was disappointing as I had adored each fizzy sip. I finally located them in a pile of wedding related items buried on my desk. At least they were on my desk, so I can comfort myself with the fact that they technically were not misplaced. Better late than never, here it is:
Light golden yellow with amber highlights, aromas of citrus and minerals sprang out of the fizzy delight in my glass. Harmonious, summery flavours of peach and pineapple glided amongst pear and apple in the medium body. Ginger and honey cheered and complimented each other in the bubby finish. Fresh and crisp with a splendid balance of sweet and dry ensures that the bottle is emptied much more swiftly than you had projected, making it easy to understand how Wine Enthusiast named it the best selling Champagne in the world.
Blend based on a predominance of Pinot Noir
Produced by Moët & Chandon