At R458 a bottle from Cape Town boutique wine store Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is not the kind of stuff that a self-employed wine writer cracks open all the time. But I’ve been tasting bubbly all week (see previous posts here and here), and find myself fixated. Besides, it was a mate’s birthday. What more excuse was needed?
Those that drink Champers regularly tend to pooh-pooh Brut L-P as “commercial”, but I’d pour it down my neck any day of the week. It typifies the house style which is one of freshness and elegance, this due to the dominant grape being Chardonnay, the proportion unusually high (around 45%), about double the average for a non-vintage Champagne blend.
What struck me about the Brut L-P is that while the acidity is very much to the fore it is not at all sharp or cutting. With Cap Classique, you either have an acidity so high that has to be offset with an overtly sweet dosage or you have great fruit expression but not enough freshness.