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What is Ultra Brut or Brut Nature? It is a category of champagne that is noted for not adding any sugar. Essentially, the Laurent-Perrier team select the parcels of fruit which exhibit the ripest parcels and lowest acidity to find natures harmony. This wine was launched in 1981 and for the team at Emperor, this stands as a great illustration of how to achieve great expression from the vineyards without masking it with sugar. This is a blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot noir. Aged for a minimum of 6 years and is a blend of over 15 Crus.
"Laurent-Perrier has a very long history with zero dosage, having first launched its ‘Grand Vins Sans Sucre’ in the 1800s, relaunched by Bernard de Nonancourt in 1981. Today, this cuvée is champagne’s best-selling brut nature, in a well-balanced and highly strung apéritif style. Clean nashi pear, lemon and grapefruit are accented, with subtle flinty reductive notes and almond meal complexity beginning to build in older disgorgements. It’s razor tight in its lemon-juice acid line, finishing bracingly dry, yet upholding freshness and purity. Zero dosage gives full
voice to pronounced salt mineral definition. This is a well-assembled zero dosage for champagne die-hards to drink with oysters."
Tyson Stelzer - The Champagne Guide 2018-2019
Quite often people do not realise why they like a certain champagne brand. Some houses focus on the pinot noir grape in their champagnes which provides big, round and powerful cuvées and some houses focus on chardonnay which provides more mineral drive, citrus and elegance. If you prefer the latter, then perhaps consider a bottle of Laurent-Perrier as your 'go-to' entertaining wine.
This maison has a serious history but over the last 100 years has had a long line of influential women at its helm (Mathilde Emilie Perrier in 1812 and later in 1938 Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt), and we cannot help but think that this has influenced the style – graceful, elegant and sophisticated. Of the larger maisons in champagne this is more subtle and understated in its profile. This may be to your preference and it is an affordable champagne label.
Pair this mineral driven delight with some Sushi - California rolls with crispy seaweed.