N.V. Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$59.95

"An elegant rosé, with flavors of dried cherry, oyster shell, candied ginger and orange peel riding the delicate mousse. Shows fine integration. Drink now through 2021." (WS)

"The NV Cuvée Rosé Brut is 100% Pinot Noir based on 2008 (90%). The color is an intense orange-colored pink and the nose offers beautifully subtle, but also deep, intense flavors of ripe and macerated Pinot Noir and lemon. There is also great purity and finesse on the structured palate. The finish is fresh and reveals a perfect fruit. This Rosé drinks almost like a light red wine.

Champagnes of Laurent-Perrier are mainly based on Chardonnay, whereas Pinot Noir is a junior partner and Meunier is only a very small part of the cuvées. Chef de cave François Cotard tries to extract the maximum of the aromatic part of the fruit to keep the natural freshness. That's why he ferments at controlled temperatures at 16 to 17 degrees Celsius in nothing but stainless steel vats. All of the cuvées undergo malolactic fermentation. Since Cotard protects his musts and wines from oxidation and racks the wines from the first lees very early, the wine style of LP is a very clear and reductive one. The assemblages of varieties, terroirs and vintages are made with the goal of keeping the freshness, finesse and elegance of the wines. The wines receive their maturity only from the aging on the lees from the second fermentation. Laurent-Perrier's range of Champagnes remains the same since 1982. All of the cuvées are excellent gastronomic Champagnes that go very well with food – or as an aperitif. The palate-cleansing Ultra Brut is a perfect Champagne for both aperitif and digestif." (WA)

"($100) (100% pinot noir; L23PY106250): Bright orange-pink. Powerful aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, fresh flowers and Asian spices, with a toasty element in the background. Intense red fruit flavors are braced by tangy acidity and pick up notes of anise and toasty lees with air. Bright and racy on the finish, which shows excellent clarity and persistence." (VM)

"This bright and buoyant bottling absolutely begs for comparison with its California cousins for, while showing nominal yeast and a fine, frothy mousse, its first and most obvious message is lot of vital, decidedly juicy, young fruit. It is not a wine of layering and nuance as much as it is one of straightforward appeal, and it will be equally welcomed as a companion to poultry, salmon and milder pork dishes or as an unaccompanied quaff to start the evening off right. Reviewed: December 2011" (CG)

Winery Notes:
Appearance:
Elegant, with color changing naturally from a pretty raspberry hint to salmon-pink.

Nose:
Precise and very crisp. Wide range of small red fruits: strawberries, red currants, raspberries and black cherries. Its amazing freshness is the dominating note.

Taste:
Intensely fruity flavors, clean, well-defined and slightly sharp, the wine then opens up to provide an impression of plunging into a basket of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, Morello cherries, black currants and raspberries. The wine is supple and rounded on the finish.