KR's Farewell (Imperial Treasure, Great World City): Consistently decent, this was a nice aperitif to start the evening off with. The nose showed pleasant strawberry, apple and lemon peel aromas seasoned with a little mineral and spice. On the palate, fine mousse and a decent balance formed a nice frame for rather fleshy flavours of strawberries, cherries and more citrusy green apples as the wine moved into a finish of warm spice and mineral. With time, a little floral note came out as well. Decently good.
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(NV Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut) Light medium orange pink color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; autolytic, hazelnut, tart pear nose; autolytic, hazelnut, tart pear, mineral, very tart tangerine palate; medium-plus finish 91+ points
(NV Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut) This rosé has quite a rich depth of colour, although the hue itself is still an appealing salmon-pink. Rather a fat bead on examination, and there is plenty of fruit character on the nose, with notes of sweetly perfumed strawberry and raspberry, and some floral, violet characteristics too. Quite a full style on the palate, quite creamy and a touch fat, with some peppery fruit, leading through to a lean but gritty finish which certainly has some appeal. There is a firmer style to the fruit here, underpinned by a more steely and nettly character. Overall this is a decent wine and with its full flavour and soft texture I can understand why it has such broad appeal. It would, I think, benefit from a year or two in the cellar to bring more harmony.
(NV Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut) A salmon pink wine with a touch of copper. Heavily sulphured on the nose, with some appealing stony red fruit behind this. This heavy use of sulphur is a shame because the palate is otherwise rather elegant and refined, with a creamy texture laid over a firm, stony, structured presence.
(NV Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut Champagne) Purchased Summer 2002. Lovely colour, a vibrant pink, with a salmon-tinged edge. Good bead. Plenty of strawberry fruit and brioche on the nose. A full bodied palate, rich with a creamy edge and full mousse. Plenty of flavour, and good acidity. Delightful.
(NV Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut) This interesting wine is 100% Pinot noir. Laurent Perrier pay their growers 15% over the usual price for the ripest grapes. They are picked and de-stemmed by hand, and then fermented in a 'maceration' technique, pumping the juice over the skins. After several days, when the desired colour has been achieved, the wine is run off, and there is some gentle pressing of the pulp. Nice colour. Fresh red fruits, notably strawberries, are more evident than in many rosé Champagnes I have tried, probably reflecting the 100% Pinot and above technique. Palate is nicely balanced. Pleasant red fruits, showing particularly well on finish. Very nice, very drinkable, but perhaps lacks finesse.
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