Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
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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.
"Medium straw color, with a vigorous mousse. Wonderfully expressive aromas of white flowers, peach, fresh pear, sweet butter and exotic magnolia blossom. Concentrated and deep, with fresh ripe apple, redcurrant and fruitcake flavors accented by a strong chalky note. This manages to be dense and lively at the same time, with a remarkable range of flavors. Powerful and almost painfully concentrated on the very long finish. This cuvee, which is in a new, black bottle with a small black label, is based on 1996 juice, with the addition of wines from 1995 and 1993, and may be the finest Grand Siecle cuvee I've yet encountered."
International Wine Cellar
"Its attractive nose of toast and green apples is augmented by hints of minerals, soy and creamy yeasts, and its explosive bubbles propel those outgoing elements in the wine's unmistakably classy, perfectly integrated flavors. The wine is appropriately long and slightly lemony at the finish and calls for service with tangy finger foods. No other prestige-label Champagne comes close in value."
"Hints of tropical pineapple and papaya fruit mix with orange peel, smoke and spicy mineral flavors in this finely textured sparkler, balanced by firm, fresh acidity. A latent push of ripe fruit lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 300 cases imported. "
"Though very ripe, the wine’s richness is somewhat hidden by a blast of SO2 until you have given it some good aeration. Then the true nose emerges, and if you like fresh-baked pastries and a creamy style of Champagne, this is your bottle. The fruit is peachy/tropical, and an unusual spice note—wintergreen?—adds some lift through the long finish."
"Soft to the touch, but firm underneath, this wine shows off the power and class of grand cru chardonnay. Though enriched by the silken tannin of pinot noir, it's the mellow spice of chardonnay the dominates the flavors. A round and smoky wine with a hint of fresh cream in the aroma, this is built for grilled langoustines."
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- East Brunswick, NJ (read all my reviews
The published phrase " this champagne rocks my world" has to be repeated for LPGS! I cannot pretend to describe as a wine expert, but only as a devoted fan. This bubbly is light, full bodied, tiny bubbles that transform into remarkable complexity of flavor. I adore this champagne and was delighted to find it affordable on this website. Thank you, so much. One comment to Wine.com - when packing wines, be sure to cushion the bottom of the box with extra packing. It was broken during transit, and luckily the bottle didn't break or burst.
A Customer - Paramus, New Jersey
This was a wonderful champagne. Usually I buy the less expensive champagnes, such as: Korbel Brut or a Chardonnay Champagne, but this time I decided to splurge and buy something comparable to Dom. Let me tell you, I was not dissapointed in the least. At first taste, it seems like a normal champagne, but when it begins to settle on your tongue, it comes alive with such brillant and smooth flavors! I would definately buy this again.
A Customer - Richmond, VA
Awesome champagne. Liked it more than Dom and less expensive. A great find. Nice toasty finish.
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