Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is the standard-bearer for the house style of Laurent-Perrier. Crisp, fresh and elegant, Brut L-P reflects the fundamental essence of our Champagnes.
The color is a pale golden hue, with fine and persistent bubbles. The nose is fresh and delicate, showing good complexity with hints of citrus and white fruit. Brut L-P's light style has led the way to making Champagne the ideal aperitif drink. Its perfect balance, crispness of flavors and finesse also make it the ideal companion for fish, poultry and white meat.
Wine Enthusiast - "Laurent-Perrier’s dry style is reflected in this crisp, elegant and fine Champagne. The character is mineral, taut, with a great burst of citrus and white fruit acidity. The ensemble creates a delicious food-friendly wine.
Wine Spectator - "A harmonious Champagne, with a vibrant backbone of acidity and a well-knit mix of poached pear, lemon preserves, smoke and toast. Very accessible."
Wine & Spirits - "This wine's fresh fruit and firm structure match bright lemon zest flavors with limestone severity. The fine bubbles add to the clean sensation of the finish. It's spicy, tight and formidable, a wine to kick-start a dinner party. Best Buy"
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Laurent Perrier Winery
Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier has been avant-garde in creating unique and elegant Champagnes for nearly two hundred years, making it one of the world’s most esteemed Champagne brands, and also the largest family owned brand. Located in the northeastern region of France, the Champagne region has one of the coolest possible wine producing climates, which is moderated by the Marne River and the region’s proximity to the ocean. Laurent-Perrier is based in the picturesque village of Tours-sur-Marne – an ideal location at the intersection between Champagne’s three foremost sub-regions: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. View all Laurent Perrier Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4.54.5 out of 5 stars
16 ratings, 5 with reviewsNoggin10 - Tallahassee, FL14/30/2016Wilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA48/8/2014I always love having a Laurent Perrier in my glass. The wine is fresh, lively and zippy from start to finish. A fantastic apperitif Champagne. This is one of stars of the non-vintage brut catgegory.Anonymous - Los Angeles, CA54/17/2017Anonymous - Falls Church, VA52/18/2017Anonymous - Seaford, NY51/29/2017Anonymous - Houston, TX51/10/2017mattsizzle - Houston, TX412/28/2016Martin Hurst - New York, NY411/27/2016nyc300 - New York, NY511/6/2016Anonymous - Sweetwater, TN57/20/2016Scott Tracey - Pataskala, OH56/19/201642/1/201223/20/2011It was pretty average. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Just an average-tasting champagne. The only reason I wouldn't purchase it again is because I've found some Spanish Cavas that taste better for 1/2 the price of this.Vegas Dave - Las Vegas, NV511/26/2010Was first introduced to this beautiful wine aboard a cruise ship of all places. I was not familiar with this label prior. Was so pleased with it's light crisp beautiful nature that it is now one of my two cellared special occasion champagnes (I enjoy prosecco as my everyday white bubbly). I also tend to stay away from the big name, more expensive champagnes as I feel like your just paying for the image. This is every bit as pleasing and enjoyable as the big labels at half the price.412/3/2009we like....henry solomon - New York, NY412/29/2008Crisp, fresh, sharp, full, clean, BUT not as bubbly as expected