In a nutshell: the pure, fresh and elegant flagbearing Brut Champagbe from one of the most famous houses.
The lowdown: Laurent Perrier's iconic La Cuvée is a blend where Chardonnay leads the way forming 50% blend and is supported by 30-35% Pinot Noir with the balance being Pinot Meunier. Up to nearly a third is composed of reserve wines which ensures consistency of style. It has a pale golden colour, fine citrus aromas and a benchmark yeastiness and biscuity flavour on the palate. There's a perfect balance between freshness and delicacy with the fruit flavours really standing out as it reaches the lingering finish.
When to drink: Always highly regarded among critics, it's a naturally good aperitif and makea a good accompaniment to things like poultry and white fish.
The House of Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot and took the name Veuve Laurent-Perrier when Mathilde Emilie Perrier, the widow of Eugene Laurent, combined the two family names after she decided to expand the business. Eugenie Hortense Laurent, her daughter, inherited the House in 1925 and sold it to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939. Fired by a passion for champagne, a respect for traditional values and, most importantly, for people, Bernard de Nonancourt inspired Laurent-Perrier with his independent spirit and creative audacity.
He established privileged working relationships with the grape growers and cleverly combined innovation and tradition. He created the signature Laurent-Perrier style of freshness, lightness and elegance and developed a unique range of champanges which are today exported to more than 160 countries worldwide.