JS96 James Suckling
This is sensational, characterized by such purity and beauty and with aromas of blackberries, dark chocolate, walnuts, cedar and lavender. Full-bodied, tight and focused — in part thanks to sensational tannin tension that is intense yet polished. Needs five to six years of bottle age to come together. Great second wine of Palmer.
RP92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Alter Ego de Palmer is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. It has a very open, ravishing, quite precocious bouquet with ripe black cherries, fresh dates and crème de cassis that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is more refined, reins it all back in thanks to quite tensile tannin, a crisp line of acidity, moderate depth in the mouth and a gentle grip. There is a touch of tarriness and cracked black pepper towards the finish with very good length. Give this 5-7 years in bottle.
Champagne Brut d'Armanville Since 1956, this Champagne Brut has been produced in the heart of the Champagne region by a cooperative of farmers who have an excellent reputation. As many as 130 farmers supply grapes for this Champagne and together, they work on almost 310 ha in ten villages. Although it is a cooperative, all the vineyards are in the same valley. Therefore the grapes have the same quality and consistence, which is usually common for an independent winemaker rather than a cooperative. The reputation is maintained by a strict selection of high quality grapes, maintaining the knowledge of winemaking and development of new methods.
Tasting noted: It is not just only great origin and great name, it is also great wine… Ripe and structured, balanced and everlasting. In aroma elegancy and typicity which means freshly baked rolls, ripe apricots and white peaches. In a taste is freshness of ripe citrus fruits, oranges and lemons with hint of ripe cherries. No need to be posh with your dish, just grill a seafood and herbs and everything will be excellent.
Gold Medal , Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
Grape Varieties : 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay
91 points James Suckling
An updated and renovated NV offering from LP, this has bright white stone fruit aromas and flavors with a silky smooth palate and gently nutty build into the finish. Chardonnay leads the wine, while Pinot Noir and Meunier deliver structure and reserve wines add depth and interest. Drink now. (10/2017)
91 points Wine Spectator
A delicate Champagne, with a refined mousse and finely honed acidity, this offers a subtle range of black currant, lemon zest, toast and chalk flavors that linger on the lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2020. (AN) (11/2017)
La Cuvée is the new, shiny, rebranded Brut NV, only just launched. In 2004 Laurent-Perrier got access to quite a large bit of good Chardonnay vineyards, and this set in motion a 13-year plan to adapt and 'enhance' the LP Brut. 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier from 110 growers. Base vintage 2012 with 30% reserve wine. They've dropped the dosage from 12.5 g/l to 9 g/l, and the wine spends four years on the lees. Pale colour. Lemon shortbread nose, the tiniest hint of marzipan, verbena. Needle-fine mousse and intense, sharpened, lemon-sherbet acidity. Very pointed, with a bit of lemon-bon-bon sweetness on the finish. Razor-sharp finish. Elegant, angular, classic. (TC) (6/2017)