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    Turbot with lemon and butter sauce & smoked salmon with morel sauce

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The Story

Laurent-Perrier has chosen to make vintages very rarely, only selecting the very best years. This makes Laurent-Perrier Vintage a rare and outstanding wine that clearly expresses the specific character of a year albeit in the Laurent-Perrier style.

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Perfect harmony

Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2004 offers hallmark intensity: mineral, complex, intense.This Brut Millésimé 2004 will pair admirably with a terrine of young rabbit with hazelnuts, a white fish soufflé (pike perch or sea bass) served with a citrus cream sauce, a fish or scallop chowder, poule au pot, or a fine, aged Comté cheese.

Serve at 10°C, preferably in tulip-shaped glasses rather than flutes, to maximise the sensory experience


Composition

Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir

Crus: Laurent-Perrier's Brut Millésimé is a blend of Chardonnay grands crus from the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and Chouilly; and of Pinot Noir grands crus from the Montagne de Reims: Verzy, Mailly, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Ay, and Bouzy.

The choice of a balanced, 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the 2004 harvest proved to be excellent.

The 2004 harvest

The wine growing year began with a relatively uniform winter, followed by a fairly mild spring. The flowering season, although spread out, went off well. Hailstorms and gully erosion due to spring storms affected some 3,300 hectares in 44 municipalities.

Fortunately, in the space of a few days, the trend was completely reversed thanks to an Indian summer worthy of the name: three weeks of sunny weather with relatively cool nights, extremely favourable to the grape ripening process.

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Vintage 2004

A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.

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Average Bottle Price

2021
55€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

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Tasting note

color

Light, Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Lingering

flavors

Mineral, Smoky, White fruits, Toasty and Citrus

nose

Open, Pure, Complex and Refined

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Well-structured, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Firm, Refined and Dry

Verdict

Fine and Transparent

Written Notes

50:50 Chardonnay: Pinot Noir. Abundant year, post 2003 freeze and heatwave. Michel Fauconnet was reminded of the 1976 for it freshness plus low acid. Very good year for fresh Chardonnay, which is just what Laurent-Perrier like. This vintage is marked particularly by Chardonnay. Dosage 8 g/l.
Greenish lemon colour. Refined and elegant nose, very well knit. Real nobility and a bone-dry finish. Great structure. Long and really very thoroughbred. Great finesse and a little chalkiness on the end as in 2007.

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Origin

Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne

Drinking temperature

8-10C

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Grand Siècle

Grand Siècle ’La Cuvée’ (1997/96/95)

Grand Siècle 'Les Réserves' No.17 (1995/1993/1990)

Grand Siècle ’Lumiere du Millénaire’

Grand Siècle No. 10 (1976/75/73)

Grand Siècle No. 11 (1979/76/75)

Grand Siècle No. 1 (1955/53/52)

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Grand Siècle No. 12 (1982/79/76)

Grand Siècle No. 13 (1985/82/79)

Grand Siècle No. 14 ’La Cuvée’ (1988/85/82)

Grand Siècle No. 15 (1990/88/85)

Grand Siècle No. 16 ’La Cuvée’ (1993/90/88)

Grand Siècle No. 17 ’La Cuvée’ (1995/93/90)

Grand Siècle No. 18 (1996/95/93)

Grand Siècle No. 19 ’La Cuvée’ (1997/96/95)

Grand Siècle No. 20 (1999/97/96)

Grand Siécle No. 21 (2002,1999,1997)

Grand Siécle No. 22 (2004, 2002, 1999)

Grand Siècle No. 23 (2006, 2004, 2002)

Grand Siècle No. 24 (2007, 2006, 2004)

Grand Siècle No.25

Grand Siècle No. 3 ’La Cuvée’ (1959/61/64)

Grand Siècle No. 7 (1970/69/66)

Grand Siècle No. 8 ’La Cuvée’ (1973/70/69)

Grand Siècle No. 9 (1975/73/70)

Harmony Demi-Sec

La Cuvée

La Cuvée Brut

Les Réserves Grand Siècle ’Cuvée 571J’

Millésimé

Rare

Ultra Brut

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