Welcome 2022 with a good champagne – The Royal Gazette


Created: Dec 31, 2018 2021 07:57 AM

In the Klingon galactic language of Star trek a suitable toast could have been for 2021 yIn DaSIQjaj, or for those who are not fluent in it, “may you endure life.” With our Christmas dinner reduced to my dear wife and myself (and a 100 Parker 1991 Napa Valley red blend) and news from the United States that three very close family members are now infected, this year was difficult. I believe that we should welcome in 2022 with a good champagne and if possible, close family or friends, because surely we will put it all behind us soon.

Even if you will find quite a few champagnes in our stores, today I would like to focus mainly on the Laurent Perrier house, founded in 1812. It is the largest family producer and entirely female. Champagne is the blend and their cellar master Michel Fauconnet is responsible for selecting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from the 320 AOC Champagne villages. Seventeen are classified Grands Crus and 44 Premiers Crus and each year it must strike the perfect balance between new wines blended with older reserves to achieve the characteristic style of Laurent Perrier.

Vinification also means aging these vintages (blends) for long periods of time so that they are perfectly ready to be tasted as soon as they are put on the market. French law stipulates that all non-vintage champagnes must age at least fifteen months before being marketed and those vintage for three years. Laurent Perrier ages their non-vintage for a minimum of four years, their rosé for five years and their superior cuvée for eight to ten years. Expensive to make, but it guarantees the best end product.

To produce their Laurent Perrier La Cuvée Brut Non Millésimé, they use just over 50 percent Chardonnay, which is more than most. Pinot Noir ranges between 30 and 35 percent and is complemented by 10 to 15 percent Pinot Meunier, the latter being one of hundreds of clones of the Pinot Noir grape. Up to 30 percent of the older reserve wines from their cellars are blended to ensure a perfect consistency of their “house style”. Each year, they select from over a hundred villages, or vintages, to obtain the results they are looking for, namely a pale gold color, fine bubbles and a delicate nose with notes of fresh citrus fruits and white flowers. . The complexity of the wine is expressed by successive notes such as those of vine peach and white fruits. A perfect balance between freshness and delicacy. $ 61 (item number 7153).

If you have a sweet tooth, why not try Laurent Perrier Demi Sec Harmony Non-Vintage, which English critic Jancis Robinson describes in this way. “A little more color than the cuvée. Smells of warm custard, brioche and peach. Not terribly sweet to taste, considering all that residual sugar. Loosely woven. Late harvest cookies and nectarines and apples. Very appley and easy. But I’m not sure it’s sweet enough for dessert. Maybe with fresh strawberries and a dollop of mascarpone.

For those who are not familiar with the practice of adding a dosage liquor of sugar to the final mixture after removing the sediment and dead yeast cells and before placing the final cork, the quantity can vary and thus control the range between dry (brut) and a sweeter wine. $ 63 (item number 7156).

We have a bottle of Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé on hand for both of us to toast to a healthy and recovering world in 2022! It is the most recognized rosé champagne in the world. Held in an elegant bottle inspired by King Henry IV, it has been widely recognized for its consistent high quality for over 40 years, and it is the benchmark for rosé in the world.

Made with 100 percent Pinot Noir from ten different raw, or villages, of the northern and southern sectors of the Montagne de Reims, as well as the famous village of Bouzy. The grapes from carefully selected plots are meticulously sorted and destemmed before being put into vats, and the controlled maceration helps to extract the color and develop all the aromatic richness of the 100% Pinot Noir from which it is made. Intensely fruity and clean flavors as they open up to the sensation of freshly picked red berries: strawberries, morello cherries, blackcurrants and raspberries.

Carafe magazine, which awards him 95/100, says: “Ethereal nose of flowers and raspberry. A vinous palate with a soft foam, a soft texture all wrapped in spices, nuts, smoke and a superior berry tincture. Very long and easy to taste ”. The end product is a blend of 50% old reserve wines and 50% from the most recent year. $99.90. (Action # 7168).

La Côte-des-Bar is located to the south of the Champagne appellation, between Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube. This renowned vineyard represents a quarter of the total production of champagne. The beautiful hilly landscape, soils and unique exposures are ideal for Pinot Noir and so I would like to end with another 100 percent Pinot Noir and in this case it’s Devaux “Coeur des Bars” Blanc de Black Non-Vintage. As its name suggests, it is a white wine made entirely of red grapes. As I often comment, grapes, like us, have multiple skin colors, but like us, the juice inside is the same. In our red case, in the grape case it is clear. The color is only given to the juice if it is left on the skins to extract the coloring tannins.

Devaux appeared in Carafe magazine as one of the top ten fastest improving producers and Review of the Wine of France ranked it the best cooperative (group of vineyard owners) in France. The wine lover the note 91/100 and comments, “this wine is rich, rich in red fruits and citrus fruits and a tense and nervous texture”. $55.25 (Stock # 7044)

Best wishes for 2022 and a year of recovery, good health and discovery with the James Webb Space Telescope. Are these Klingons really out there? We can find out.

This column is an infomercial for Burrows Lightbourn Ltd. Contact Michael Robinson at [email protected] Burrows Lightbourn has stores in Hamilton (Front Street East, 295-1554) and Paget (Harbor Road, 236-0355). Visit www.wineonline.bm

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