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Winemakers's tastingnote: In appearance, Vintage 2007 is a light golden colour with a delicate bead of fine bubbles. The nose is bright and brisk with a distinct lemony freshness.
The palate has pronounced citrus flavours marked by a balance between freshness and intensity with an underlying character of elegance and restraint. The creamy mousse enhances the mouth feel.
The finish is lively, offering hints of white peach and mirabelle plum.
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.
The year 2007 began with an unusually mild winter, followed by a warm spring which led to early flowering. The summer however was disappointing but fortunately the weather improved towards the end of summer with the harvest starting in late August. Despite the chaotic summer weather it was an unexpectedly generous harvest, with grapes of good quality and maturity marked with high acidity hinting at the potential for making vintage champagne.
An unusually warm spring led to early flowering and initial optimism, which soon gave way to disappointment following one of the murkiest summers on record. Overall, 2007 was a difficult vintage saved by last-minute sunshine in late-August. Mildew and rot were the main culprits of the harvest, and the level of gluconic acid rocketed. The harvest began early, on August 24th, and was abundant in volume averaging 14,242 kg/ha. Pinot Meunier posed the biggest problems and Chardonnay clearly outperformed the rest. Many of the iconic prestige cuvée blanc de blancs were successfully produced, such as Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Ruinart Dom Ruinart, Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis and Salon Le Mesnil. Some blended prestige cuvées such as Louis Roederer Cristal and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses were also made. Champagnes from 2007 are typically high in acidity and restrainedly classic in style, but lack the spine and strength of the greatest harvest years. Even if the vintage only receives three stars, its best Chardonnays are well worth seeking and storing.