13 Sep

Laurent-Perrier – House of elegance & élan

Founded in 1812, Laurent-Perrier is recognised as one of the finest of France’s champagne houses. It seems to be a tradition in Champagne to have a resolute widow take the reins, and so it was with Mathilde Emilie Perrier. When her husband Eugène Laurent died unexpectedly, Mathilde combined their surnames to create the Laurent-Perrier brand, developing the business, restoring the finances and masterfully main-taining the House during the Great War.

Laurent-Perrier arrived in the hands of current owners, the de Nonan-court family, in 1939. A former French Resistance fighter, Bernard de Nonancourt injected a dynamic momentum into the business. Strongly attached to innovation, tradition and quality, he transformed Laurent-Perrier into a global brand, creating the signature House style of freshness, lightness and elegance. Upon Bernard’s death in 2010, his two daughters, Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Stéphanie Meneux de Nonancourt took charge, ably assisted by Laurent-Perrier’s third Cellar Master, Michel Fauconnet.