Bon viveurs are toasting the launch of a new cuvée that for the rest of the month will be served exclusively at Claridge’s Bar, Jean-Georges at The Connaught and the Blue Bar at The Berkeley. Laurent-Perrier is introducing Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, its eighth champagne and the latest in a series of world-famous fizzes by the French house, which, says its PR & communications director Daniel Brennan, “marks the start of a new chapter in Laurent-Perrier’s history of innovation”.
The only zero-dosage Grande Marque Blanc de Blancs, the new cuvée is made of 100 per cent chardonnay from the best crus of the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. It is as suitable for pairing with fine cuisine, particularly fish and white meat, as it is for sipping on its own (and is priced £32 per glass or £130 for the bottle).
Laurent-Perrier’s portfolio also includes Grand Siècle, originally launched in 1959, while last year the house (which was founded in 1812) celebrated 50 years of its Cuvée Rosé – created in 1968 and now generally regarded as the original “modern” rosé champagne. Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature complements this family. “The nose is elegant, displaying a ripeness of fruit with light citrus notes, with a mineral character developing as it evolves in the glass,” says David Hesketh, MD at Laurent-Perrier UK. “The concentrated palate is crisp and fresh, with slightly fuller citrus notes of grapefruit, again leading into mineral overtones on the long finish.”