Laurent Perrier, Brut, Tours-sur-Marne, Grande Vallee de la Marne, Champagne, France, NV.
Typically a blend of 80% current vintage and 20% reserve wines; always a blend of the 3 main varieties, in descending contribution – chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
Widely available, 12%, about £26.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold (though this is marginal to be lemon), showing small-sized bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, with opening aromas of rich biscuit and danish pastry, then sweet apple puree, and spicy – like unripe quince and red currant.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin but a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, medium (+) intensity with flavours of rich biscuit, orchard fruit, then a toasty note and a nutty nuance. A creamy mousse with a medium (+) persistence, and a long length with clean fresh finish.
Quality – a very good quality wine, balanced and harmonious, with a good concentration of quite complex flavours; lightly bodied with slightly less than usual acidity. This wine will keep and develop for an other 1-3 years.