2004 Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle - Cuvée Alexandra" Brut Rosé Champagne
First produced in the 1987 vintage to celebrate the marriage of owner Bernard de Nonancourt’s eldest daughter, this bottling is now mature. Ripe, it still retains plenty of red fruits while also allowing the toasty character to show through. It’s a rosé that calls for food, a rich and balanced wine that is just perfect to drink now. (RV)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Based on synced-fermented 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay from company-owned grand cru vineyards, the salmon-pink colored 2004 Alexandra Grande Cuvée Rosé displays a very subtle and fresh bouquet of great elegance and purity. Intense and complex on the palate, this is a very dry, fresh and tension-filled Rosé full of energy and delicacy. Very elegant and still a bit limey, but a great Champagne. (SR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright orange-pink. High-pitched red berry, orange zest and floral scents are underscored by an intense mineral nuance. Taut, linear and strikingly pure, offering deeply concentrated redcurrant and strawberry scents and hints of allspice, smoky lees and jasmine. Powerful yet lithe rose with superb finishing power, focus and mineral-driven persistence. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
Michel Fauconnet macerates Pinot Noir and Chardonnay together (an 80-20 blend), allowing the color of Pinot’s skins to tint the wine, while the Chardonnay skins add to the wine’s structure, tightening the red fruit in a delicate tannic vise. There’s a wild mushroom savor to the wine, a gamey, woodland note and a minty crispness. Youthfully brash, then nuanced and satisfying, this is substantial enough for the dark meat of roast game birds.
Rich and creamy, showing candied kumquat and dried apricot flavors married to the lively bead and acidity, with accents of pastry, marzipan, grated coconut and spice. The abundant smoky minerality gains momentum and sings out on the finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)
Bernard de Nonancourt named his Grande Cuvée Rosé Millésimé after his daughter Alexandra, and unveiled it at her wedding in 1987. According to the producer: "Alexandra Rosé owes its unique style to a combined maceration of Pinot Noir (80%) and Chardonnay grapes (20%). The unusual blending levels, in the same maceration base, of Pinot Noir and then a proportion of Chardonnay, results in a delicate color, extreme finesse and aromatic complexity. It is only possible to make this great wine in certain years as the two varietals must ripen simultaneously. Only by seeking out the winey nature of the greatest Pinots Noirs and the trenchant minerality of the best Chardonnays, can Alexandra Rosé achieve the height of its incomparable expression, a subtle alliance of power and finesse. After the blend, this great wine will then age for at least eight years in the House cellars."