Laurent-Perrier, Brut Millésimé Tours-sur-Marne 2004

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50% Pinot Noir; 50% Chardonnay.  Pinot Noir from grand cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims including Verzy, Verzenay, Ambonnay, Tours-sur-Marne.  Chardonnay from grand cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs including le Mesnil, Cramant, Oger and Chouilly.  Raised in stainless steel.

November 2016

White-gold.  First wave of maturity for this wine, getting truffley and toasted in the mid-range now.  Lemon soufflé and the flavors of glacé fruit, still fresh and full of promise.  Graphite and pepper underneath.   Long.   Now – 2020+.

January 2014

White-gold.  This is atmospheric, taut and a bit reticent: meyer-lemon blossom, cake batter, spearmint.  Mostly lemon flavored today.  The architecture is starched without being brusque; you can sense both the impact and the quality of the Chardonnay in ’04.  Glittery and genteel in its detail.  Precise, chalky minerality at the end.  Still holding most of its cards; give it time.  A keeper for the cellar.  Now – 2020+.

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