Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
“Sonnets are full of love” ~ Christina Rossetti (from A Pageant and Other Poems, 1881)
Mother’s Day is a big deal…HUGE! And moms need to be celebrate with style. What better way to honor your mom on her day than with Champagne; and what better Champagne than one with a long history of strong and determined women: Laurent-Perrier!
Laurent-Perrier exists today because of their long history of strong, determined, risk-taking women whose courage and know how in art and business held the family business together through considerable adversity, including two World Wars! Laurent-Perrier’s history of strong women began in 1887, when Mathilde Emilie Perrier, who was widowed at the age of 35, embraced the responsibility of keeping her husband’s Champagne business alive. She embraced this challenge without hesitation, making difficult business decisions, establishing the name, and ensuring the House’s survival.
Fast forward to 1939, France is entering World War II when Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt, a widowed mother of four, poured her life’s savings into revitalizing Laurent-Perrier at a time of great financial risk. Due to her leap of faith and tenacity she saved Laurent-Perrier and provided her children a legacy to continue.
Today, Laurent-Perrier is led by Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt, who continue the house’s heritage of quality, expertise and elegance in one of the greatest success stories of mothers, of women, and of Champagne.
This Mother’s Day toast mom with a Champagne forged by the character, tenacity, dedication, and hard work of four determined women!
Laurent – Perrier NV Brut Champagne: The wine was crafted of 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Meunier. It poured a soft gold in the glass with elegant and fine perlage; aromas are reminiscent of lemon meringue pie with creamy lemon curd and toasted graham cracker, add some orchard fruit notes, spice and a touch of honey ~ yum; fresh and lively on the palate with persistent bubbles, crisp acidity with an elegant mouth feel; I did not want the bottle to end! After blending the Brut was aged for a minimum of three years. A light dosage of 10 grams of sugar per liter was added to the Brut NV after disgorging.
Although this Champagne would make an excellent aperitif I think Mom would also love to enjoy it with a delicious meal. I chose to pair it with a light and healthy spring dish, perfect for Mom because it is delicious and perfect for the family because it is easy. I found Lemon Roasted Salmon with White Wine Couscous and Broccoli in the May edition of Cooking Light Magazine and knew it was a perfect Mother’s Day meal. Furthermore, the Laurent – Perrier Brut NV Champagne was not a truly delicious pairing but made this simple weeknight meal special enough to serve to Mom on her day! You truly cannot go wrong with this recipe and Champagne. Guaranteed to thrill Mom! Although I did not make a dessert, I highly recommend pairing the Champagne with a lemon ice box pie, strawberry shortcake or a delicious cheese platter to guarantee a home run meal for Mother’s Day!
I highly encourage you to learn more about the wonderful women behind Laurent – Perrier by visiting their web site. Furthermore, Laurent – Perrier NV Brut Champagne is more than a toast to moms, it is a high quality Champagne to enjoy at all your special occasions, or open a bottle to make an occasion special…like a Tuesday!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms out there! Here’s a toast to you!
My Song Selection:
Get your own bottle of Laurent – Perrier NV Brut and let me know what song you pair with it. Cheers!