To ensure that Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé (Vintage Brut) is an outstanding and rare wine, Cellar Master Michel Fauconnet only declares a vintage in the finest years. Such wines clearly express the specific character of the year, enshrined in the House style.
The House’s search for a subtle balance between liveliness and ripeness results in Laurent-Perrier Vintages that have excellent ageing capacity.
Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Laurent-Perrier’s Brut Millésimé is a blend of Chardonnay grands crus from the Côte des Blancs: Chouilly, Cramant, Oger et Mesnil-sur-Oger; and of Pinot Noir grands crus from the Montagne de Reims: Verzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Louvois and Bouzy.
The choice of a balanced, 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from the 2006 harvest proved to be excellent.
The 2006 harvest
The wine-growing year began wtih a cold winter – but not so cold as to damage the vines. Spring was generally mild with very few frosts, except in early April. Rainfall was normal. Summer was a season of contrasts – a heatwave and very patchy rain in July while in August frequent storms, followed by cool overcast weather and unusually high rainfall. Severe episodes of hail affected 4,750 hectares in 71 villages within the Appellation.
Grapes were harvested between 7th and 25th September (Chardonnay was early, Pinot Noir late) depending on the area. Ripeness levels were satisfactory, if uneven. The harvest was abundant.
Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2006 pairs well with smooth and creamy dishes. Its roundness and delicacy will prolong tasting pleasure wtih poultry or other white meats (poached rather than grilled).