Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne NV (Champagne, France) - [WE 93] [RP 92] [VM 91] [ST 90]

Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne NV
(Champagne, France) - [WE 93] [RP 92] [VM 91] [ST 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut is Champagne in its most natural form. In 1980, Laurent-Perrier reintroduced the traditional Champagne concept of brut nature, a non-dosage Champagne that requires considerable know-how to the craft. Its style appeals to a growing number of wine lovers who discover with it many new ways of pairing food with Champagne.

With nearly equal parts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Ultra Brut is made exclusively with grapes from very ripe harvests. Selection is rigorous to ensure that only grapes with both high sugar levels and low acidity are used. This is essential as there is no dosage added. The second fermentation on yeast lasts at least four years.

Appearance:
Limpid, bright yellow with a fine bead.

Nose:
Intense and forward, with citrus and honeysuckle notes and a unique mineral component, oftentimes likened to a fresh sea breeze.

Taste:
Surprising depth and power, with a purity and concentration of flavor all its own. Amazingly well balanced and absolutely bone dry.


Ratings & Reviews



93 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Ultra Brut, the original no-dosage Champagne, is the name and that's just how this bone-dry wine tastes. It's totally crisp, fruity, structured and fresh. Acidity from tight citrus combines with apples and pears to produce a wine that offers both fruitiness and dryness. Like many super-dry Champagnes, it will benefit from some bottle aging, so drink at least six months after purchase." - RV (Dec 2014)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
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The current NV Ultra Brut is a 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir blend that is based on the 2007 vintage; it includes – as always – a reserve of the former Ultra Brut vintage, in this case 2004. In fact, the Ultra Brut is produced only every three years on average and the 2007 base is only the twelfth cuvée since the (1976), which was released in 1989. It is citrus-colored and has some very nice white-golden reflections. Bright and fresh on the intensely-flavored brioche nose, this vibrant, round and mouth-filling Champagne reveals a persistent mineral complexity and structure, along with very elegant and refreshing citrus fruit." - Stephan Reinhardt

91 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media:
"Pale yellow. Racy mineral- and ginger-inflected citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, with a subtle floral nuance adding complexity. On the palate, dry, incisive lime and green apple flavors show an intense, stony character and a touch of smokiness. Becomes fleshier with air and finishes spicy and long, with building citrus fruit character and very good focus." - Josh Raynolds (Jan 2015)

90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Light, bright yellow. Lime, lemongrass and chalky minerals on the nose and palate. Dry and precise but not austere, displaying very good vivacity and focus. Finishes with very good energy and cut, the citrus and mineral notes echoing. I'd love to drink this with sashimi." - Josh Raynolds (Dec '11)