I visited in early summer 2012, just as the house was making the preparations for its bicentenary celebrations.
Laurent-Perrier is an intriguing producer, with some great stories behind it. Of course, many people know it primarily from its iconic rosé bottle – but few also realise that it’s one of the largest champagne houses, with subsidiaries including Salon, Delamotte and De Castellane, and a pioneer of the prestige cuvée. It’s still family owned and with some fascinating human stories in its history to boot, including a novel remedy for pleurisy (Lanson and horseradish) and a recent annus horibilis.
My article also includes a few recommendations, including the brand new ‘Les Réserves Grand Siècle and a very fine 2002 vintage.
(My thanks to Decanter/IPC Media for the reproduction here.)