NV Laurent-Perrier 'Grand Siecle' Grand Cuvée

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NV Laurent-Perrier 'Grand Siecle' Grand Cuvée

119.99

Winemaker Notes

In the 17th Century, during the reign of Louis XIV, France enjoyed its most illustrious era. Louis XIV became known as the "Sun King" for his benevolence and his patronage of the Arts, which became the foundation of France's rich artistic heritage. At the Palace of Versailles Louis XIV was the first French King to drink Champagne.

Louis XIV's era became known as the Grand Siècle - the "Great Century". Bottled in a replica of a 17th Century bottle evoking the radiance of that period, Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvées embody luxury, magnificence and elegance fit for a king.

When it came to his prestige cuvée, Bernard de Nonancourt decided to highlight two of Champagne's traditional realms of proficiency: the blending of different crus and different vintages. Grand Siècle is the epitome of Champagne cuvées, as it blends complementary wines from Laurent-Perrier's very best growths and most successful vintage years.

Grand Siècle is made with a pinot noir and chardonnay blend, with the latter being slightly dominant. Twelve of the most prestigious villages supply these grapes; all of them classified at 100% Grands Crus such as Ambonnay, Verzenay, Mailly, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Within the vineyards of these villages, only the very best plots are selected, as are the finest musts from the pressings. The blended wine is then aged during the second fermentation on the yeast for approximately five years.

It has a bright color, with a brilliant yellow hue. Its subtle aromas of honey, hazelnuts, grilled almonds and brioche, make this the perfect companion for refined dishes. It pairs just as well with poultry and truffles as it does with veal and morel mushrooms.

Critical Acclaim

WE97

Wine Enthusiast

Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvee has always been non vintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.

TP95

Tasting Panel

Lush and rounded with elegant fruit, creamy texture and depth; rich, balanced and ripe with considerable finesse and medium weight style; long, complex and quite brilliant.

WS93

Wine Spectator

An elegant Champagne, with good intensity. Hints of pastry cream and brioche accent the glazed apricot, candied ginger and lemon pâte de fruit flavors on the palate. Firm acidity creates a mouthwatering impression on racy, spice- and smoke-laced finish. Drink now through 2022.

D93

Decanter

A youthful but beautiful Grand Siecle that will be even better with further age. With extra time in the glass we found clean notes of bedsheets dried in the summer wind together with light green apple notes and toast. Refreshing attack and soft lingering beautiful mousse.

W&S93

Wine & Spirits

This represents the firm's top selection of Chardonnay (55 percent of the blend, from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and Pinot Noir (from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne and Verzenay). It's a luxurious and stylized Champagne, wearing its tete-de-cuvee status in the perfumed scent and the satin-rich texture. The Pinot Noir speaks powerfully, with austere red fruit and brisk, miner-inflected length of flavor.

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