Now and again I have bad day, and on a bad day Champagne tends to make me feel better. We had a bottle of Laurent Perrier Brut L-P to perk me up. Laurent Perrier is the Champagne of choice of Prince Charles, and are happy to be his official supplier, giving me every excuse to tuck into some Duchy Organics biscuits too.
It’s bright with small, persistent bubbles. It smells fresh and lemony with a good dollop of marmitey toast and some nuts. It’s off dry with a medium crisp acidity. The bubbles give it a creamy mousse. The lemon and toast carry through with just a touch of fresh soft red fruit, like strawberries and raspberries.
The 12% alcohol does take an express lift to my head on the bubbles, which is nice. It’s well balanced, fruity and refreshing, and at around £25 a bottle, it’s reasonable for Grande Marque Champagne.