2004 Laurent-Perrier Alexandra Grande Cuvee Rose Brut

Year: 2004
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 95
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
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$279.95

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"Aromatic notes of smoke and mineral lead to a finely meshed mix of dried white cherry, toasted almond, spring forest and orange peel. Drink now through 2029. -A.N." (WS)

"Based on synced-fermented 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from company-owned grand cru vineyards, the salmon-pink colored 2004 Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé displays a very subtle and fresh bouquet of great elegance and purity. Intense and complex on the palate, this is a very dry, fresh and tension-filled Rosé full of energy and delicacy. Very elegant and still a bit limey, but a great Champagne.

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)

"(80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay): Light, bright orange-pink. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Taut, linear and strikingly pure, offering deeply concentrated redcurrant and strawberry scents and hints of allspice, smoky lees and jasmine. Powerful yet lithe rose with superb finishing power, focus and mineral-driven persistence." (VM)

"First produced in the 1987 vintage to celebrate the marriage of owner Bernard de Nonancourt’s eldest daughter, this bottling is now mature. Ripe, it still retains plenty of red fruits while also allowing the toasty character to show through. It’s a rosé that calls for food, a rich and balanced wine that is just perfect to drink now. -R.V. (12/1/2014)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
A pale salmon pink with an orange tinge.

Complex and powerful, the first aromas are reminiscent of strawberry jam. These are followed by floral notes such as rose petal.

Lively and crisp, with dominant flavors of red berry fruit such as wild strawberries. Full-bodied, with a velvety texture and a finale showing hints of dried apricots and orange peel.

Serve between 10°C and 12°C.

An excellent wine for game with bilberry sauce. It has ample power to be matched even with stronger-flavored dishes.

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay.

Uses some of the most prestigious Champagne villages, or crus, such as Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Verzenay and Tours-sur-Marne for pinot noir; Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and le Mesnil-sur-Oger for chardonnay.


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