This fine Champagne marks the 50 year anniversary of Laithwaite’s. It’s pure Chardonnay from the grower Paul Goerg and the outstanding 2002 vintage. Long aged on its lees, it has lovely, creamy, toasty brioche notes as well as citrus, honeyed fruit.
"It had to be a very special Champagne to mark the 50th anniversary – superb finesse and complexity"
Jehan Sacaze Buyer for Champagne
We were looking for a particularly fine fizz to mark the 50th anniversary of Laithwaite’s Wine’s launch onto the world. We’ve certainly found it with this superbly rich, complex and elegant 2002. It’s pure Premier Cru Chardonnay from the tiny production, Champagne grower Paul Goerg. Secondary fermentation in bottle was followed by five years’ ageing on its lees (the standard is two), then another few years more, after dosage and the finishing of the wine. This Champagne was launched by Tony back in the 1970s and he’s still proud of it. No doubt he’ll be cracking open a few bottles during this special anniversary year, as well as tucking a few away in his cellar. An excellent celebration Champagne, when only the best will do.
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Laithwaite's began in 1969, when geography student Tony Laithwaite took a job washing bottles in Bordeaux ...
and fell in love with wine and the people who make it. When he borrowed a van to share their delicious wines with
friends and neighbours at home, things went so well that hundreds of little wineries all around the world were soon
queuing to take part. Today we're the UK's No.1 home-delivery wine merchant, with over 1,500 wines to choose from
including red, white, rosé, Champagne, Prosecco, spirits ... you name it. Tony's still at it - and now really good
at washing bottles. Read more