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I was very lucky to receive a bottle of this for my birthday (which is on New Years Eve - champagne always a good idea!). It happens to be my very favourite champagne but one which I would rarely splash out on due to the cost (anywhere from £40-60 per bottle - always check online for deals). It is a rose champagne from Laurent-Perrier and comes in it's own presentation/gift box. The reason I like it is because although it is dry it is very tasty and does not just taste like old shoes (which to my mind some overly dry champagnes can do), I believe that this one has Chardonnay grapes in it rather than being almost exclusively Pinot and this softens and freshens the flavour whilst retaining the depth. The sparkle of this champagne is very even and smooth, I always find that it pours incredibly well and is not overly lively, I like this because when sparkling wines are too fizzy they always make me feel slightly sick. You can usually find this in supermarkets but I have tended to look online for it in the past as sometimes you can get a better deal that way. Personally I would only ever splash out on this for a special occasion but as far as Champagnes go this one is a corker! (forgive the pun)
This is a delicious champagne that tends to be my champagne of choice for special occasions - although unfortunately, it is something that needs to be reserved for special occasions because it is expensive. I recently bought a case of this from Waitrose Wine Direct for my mums 60th birthday party. The case contained twelve bottles of the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut for the princely sum of £649.68 (yes, it really did hurt my pocket!!) - which equated to £54.14. You can also buy it in single bottles for the same cost (it slightly annoyed me that there was no discount if you bought a case, but that's more to do with Waitrose than with the wine itself. However, it is a good champagne and well worth the price to celebrate something special. It comes in an attractive looking bottle - which I do think is important for champagne as the bottles are generally on display prior to the cork being popped. This is a rose - which I have found is growing in popularity as the best champagne vineyards are now putting their rose champagne on the market. Out of the rose champagnes I have tried, this is by far my favourite. This champagne is made from pinot noir grapes using the "soak-on-the-skins method" (the information that came with the case told me that!). The colour of this champagne is a gorgeous colour - a medium peach colour that is a rich and deep tone and which looks delicious and makes you want to dive straight in. The bubbles are very evident as soon as the wine is poured into the champagne flute and I like that its so fizzy as it tends to add to the excitement of the situation! The smell is very fresh and fruity with definite aromas of citrosy grapefruit and orange. This is carried through into the taste as well with the citrous taste being carried through, but perhaps with a hint of summer berries also. While drinking I find the taste to be medium sweet, but once swallowed, the finish is very dry and the sensation on the palate is fairly astringent. I personally feel that this champagne goes with almost any food, whether it be sweet or savory. For my mums' birthday, we had the champagne with canapes and belinis which included chicken, prawns, curry and sweet deserts - and it went with all of these perfectly. Delicious!! I would recommend this champagne for a special occasion - and its 12.5% alcohol and so that will help get the party started!
I absolutely adore this champagne. It is by far my favourite ever. I managed to get it at my wedding as part of the drinks package we booked, and I didn't hear any complaints about it. I am not a huge champagne drinker, as it's too expensive, but on the odd occasion that I do I would always pick this one. A bottle of this will set you back around £35 and last time I checked it was available from Sainsburys but I haven't bought it for a while so that might not be the case. It is a beautiful pale pink in colour and the bottles are really lovely, I always feel bad recycling them but I'm not sure what else to use them for! It's hard to describe the taste of this champagne, but I find this particular one, not as dry as others. I don't know if that is because it is a Rose or just because of the brand. It has quite a fruity taste to it, and I find it a lot lighter than other champagnes I have tried. There is that slight bitter element to it, but I think that is pretty general with all champagnes. You can buy this in presentation boxes and all sorts and I think it makes a great gift, especially for weddings or births (for the parents not the child). It's a lovely quality champagne. I think you can get Laurent Perrier regular champagne but I think the Rose gives it a bit of something extra and it also tastes great. So it's really worth what you pay for it.
Laurent Perrier Rose champagne, in my opinion, sits neatly between the two major champagne offerings of Bollinger and Krug that often spring to mind; it is more refined than many of the Bollinger offerings yet much cheaper than the Krugs. Come with me and discover its delights. Laurent Perrier champagne comes from the worlds fourth most prolific producers of champagne and is to most one of the pre-eminent off-the-shelf brands of champagne. It is widely available in most licensed outlets. Despite Laurent Perrier being the first house to introduce the chardonnay grape to the world of champagne, their rose is unique in being assembled from 100% pinot noir from grand cru vineyards. Most other champagnes are produced from a blend of pinot noir (the bulk of the wine), chardonnay and pinot meunier. The pinot noir grapes that are used to make Laurent Perrier Rose are late harvested by hand meaning that the ripest, sweetest grapes are selected. The cuvee (or first pressing) used to produce the base for the champagne is formed after a lengthy maceration lasting a couple of days. The juices are pumped over the lees (or grape bits, including skins) until the desired depth of colour is produced, whereupon the lees are removed and the wine run off. A further gentle pressing of the pulp may then follow depending on the grape condition. The wine will then mature in barrels for at least 4 years before bottling. The pinot noir grape is a black grape and the ultimate colour of this champagne is due to the wine coming into contact with those grape skins (for standard champagnes the lees are removed at a much earlier stage to prevent discoloration). And what a colour it is! Pouring this champagne carefully into a flute or saucer the first thing that you will notice is the wonderful salmon colour. This is the most amazing pinky-orange you will ever see in a wine beauty in itself. It has a very light, yet persistent mousse (or fizz). By this stage you will not have failed to notice the nose on this wine (its smell). It is incredibly fresh and forward, with notes of citrus and biscuit (think grapefruit and rich tea biscuits!). On to the taste and you will soon discover that this is a very fruity champagne, berries, particularly strawberries, being dominant. The finish (or taste as you swallow) brings out more of the strawberry and just a hint of herbs and is fairly long (you can taste it for a while after you swallow). Surprisingly for a wine that has such strong fruity flavours made from late harvest grapes, this champagne is particularly dry and most unusual for a rose which tend to have a sweeter finish. This dry finish combined with a fruity palate means that this champagne is particularly versatile when it comes to pairing it with food. I am a firm believer that champagnes should not only be enjoyed as part of the pre-prandial and celebratory moments, but also with food. Game, poultry, cheese and fruit all fare well with this one making it almost as versatile as my all time favourite, Ruinart. This is not a cheap champagne retailing at around £30 (expect to pay a little more in a bar) but is, in my opinion, generally one of the best and most reliable champagnes that is available in most bars. Not one for discussing packaging normally this will be one of the rare exceptions. You cannot fail to miss this champagne as it stands out from the standard bottles as a squat, old fashioned looking relative! The bronzed pink foil that covers the cork adds to the unusual look with a dark shield-like label adding the final touch. I am at a loss to explain why Laurent Perrier retain the old-style bottle although I must confess it makes it far easier to pour the champagne correctly (think thumb up bum!) as the centre of gravity of the bottle is much lower! As with all champagne this should be stored horizontally at a temperature of 10-12 degrees C, away from light and strong smells although given the shape of the bottle you may have issues in standard racks. It should then be chilled in iced water (never the fridge or freezer) to 8-9 degrees. I would heartily recommend this champagne both with and without food. Sip and think of summer!
This champagne is one of those rare rosé champagnes to be made using the maceration technique, which gives it the extraordinary depth and freshness that has made it the benchmark for rosé champagne around the world.