Champagne, The King of Wines and the Wine of Kings

| November 15, 2014

Laurent-perrier grand-siècleChampagne is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France and it needs a second fermentation in the bottle to create carbonation. Although the word “ champagne” is often used generically to describe sparkling wines, Champagne is indeed unique and should be used exclusively for the delicious sparkling wine grown in Champagne and produced under the appellation’s very strict rules.

The Champagne winemakers are subject to the rules of the Comite Interprofessional du vin de Champagne (CIVC) which include a lengthy list of requirements as to pruning, pressing, picking, etc.  that helps to give Champagne it’s nobility.

Champagne is a blend of up to three grape varieties with the most popular being Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Laurent-Perrier is a creator of hand crafted champagnes since 1812 . This family owned house continues to charm wine lovers throughout the world with the freshness and elegance of their selections.

We recently had the honor of tasting several Champagnes from the Laurent-Perrier at a special event for the launch of the Michelin Guide New York City 2015 (Michelin Guide New York City (Red Guide)) .

 We started with the Brut, the standard for the house style of Laurent-Perrier.  This pale golden champagne has fine bubbles with notes of citrus and white fruit. It is perfectly balanced with a crispness that makes it a fine aperitif or complement for fish or chicken.

We also tasted Laurent-Perrier’s Cuvée Rosé Champagne, which is the best-selling Rosé Champagne in the world. It cuvée-roséis bottled in a reproduction of those used in the 17th Century. The house’s pampering of this wine during the fermentation process is apparent by its depth and freshness.  The careful preservation of the fresh fruit brings the notes of cherry, strawberries and raspberries to the forefront.

All of the Laurent-Perrier offerings were delightful and memorable, but our final and ultimate tasting was an incredible treat. To pay tribute to its founder Bernard Nonancourt and the Bicentennial, Laurent-Perrier chose to highlight the first creation of its range, by offering the Cuvée No. 571J Reserve Grand Siècle for the first time in limited edition. 
Some bottles of this iconic champagne were set aside in the cellars of Laurent-Perrier, where they remained for sixteen years, waiting patiently for the Bicentennial. At this incredible tasting we were honored to have this exceptional vintage!

Laurent-Perrier champagnes are both remarkable and extremely food friendly. Enjoy them with fish, chicken, seafood as well as spicy foods or simply for a perfect toast to life!

Charlotte Goldblatt

cgoldblatt@dailyfoodandwine.com

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