Laurent-Perrier, Brut Millésimé Tours-sur-Marne 2002

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.

Yellow-gold. The smoky bouquet comes in the same style as 2008 tasted along side it. It is more open, leads on yellow and orange fruit, with a brown butter, pear tart sumptuousness. It has a Pinot nature, eases out sensuously, has sappiness and its jacket of burning leaf has turned to forest undergrowth. The palate gives a serene run of glacé fruits, with bright sparkle and purity, has mineral strength below. Côte des Blancs terroir arrives late, closes it on crunch, while the upholstery comes from the other climats. It is in a great place, a fondue of momentum and gregariousness. Now.

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