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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.
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
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.
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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