Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Alexandra Rose 2004
For vintage Alexandra Rosé Millésimé, unlike Laurent Perrier Rose NV where the Pinot Noir grapes are macerated on their own, this time grapes from both varietals, pinot noir and chardonnay, macerate together in a uniquely original approach. However, to achieve that perfect fusion, there is one vital condition: both varietals must reach full ripeness at the same time.
Only the very greatest years provide such an opportunity. The choice of the plots and grapes, with meticulous sorting during the harvest, are essential. The decision concerning the right proportions for the two varietals (approximately 80% pinot noir and 20% chardonnay) is also vital, because the future wine is already in gestation during this maceration phase, laying the foundations for its ultimate character. The presiding spirit at its conception resides in the experience and intuition of the Laurent-Perrier cellar master.
Next comes the period of ageing, a time for patience, during which the aromas develop, meld, and weave their magic. That process lasts no less than seven years, sometimes more, as for this latest 2004 release, which required eight years’ ageing to achieve complete perfection. As Bernard de Nonancourt used to say: “Nothing should be improvised, especially not wine”. And especially not (we might add) a Grande Cuvée Alexandra Rosé Millésimé…
“Based on synced-fermented 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from company-owned grand cru vineyards, the salmon-pink colored 2004 Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé displays a very subtle and fresh bouquet of great elegance and purity. Intense and complex on the palate, this is a very dry, fresh and tension-filled Rosé full of energy and delicacy. Very elegant and still a bit limey, but a great Champagne.” 94 Points
Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate #225 30th June 2016