Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut Champagne
Ultra Brut, the original no-dosage Champagne, is the name and that’s just how this bone-dry wine tastes. It’s totally crisp, fruity, structured and fresh. Acidity from tight citrus combines with apples and pears to produce a wine that offers both fruitiness and dryness. Like many super-dry Champagnes, it will benefit from some bottle aging, so drink at least six months after purchase.
Pale yellow. Racy mineral- and ginger-inflected citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, with a subtle floral nuance adding complexity. On the palate, dry, incisive lime and green apple flavors show an intense, stony character and a touch of smokiness. Becomes fleshier with air and finishes spicy and long, with building citrus fruit character and very good focus. (JR)
Racy acidity enlivens rich notes of pastry, poached apple and toasted nut, with the creamy mousse providing a bridge between structure and flavor. Lightly smoky on the lingering, zesty finish. Drink now through 2018. (Web-2015)
The Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut is one of the very few Champagnes shipped naked, with no dosage (finishing sugar) at all. It is a very special blend, made only from exceptionally ripe harvests. This cuvee is based on the 1999 vintage, although not labeled as a vintage, and is composed of half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir from exclusively grand cru vineyards. This Champagne is dry and precise without being strident or harsh. It has great chalky grip, a rich underlying yeast quality and finish that goes on forever. It is especially fantastic with sushi! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)