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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
(search item no. 8003)
collectible wine
has fluid
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Tasting Panel rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $134.99

Winemaker's 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.

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About Laurent Perrier:

Laurent-Perrier has been located at Tours-sur-Marne since its creation in 1812, placing it at the epicenter of three famous Champagne vineyards: the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. Since 1949, the House has climbed from 100th place worldwide to 4th place. The impulse behind this growth has come from Bernard de Nonancourt, a man with an ardent and courageous entrepreneurial spirit and the will to build a team around the ambition to create a unique brand.

Laurent-Perrier creates wines that give pleasure and are based on a solid savoir-faire. It was the first champagne House to introduce a large proportion of Chardonnay – a minority grape in the region – into the blend of its Brut L-P. Laurent-Perrier has also created other products, such as Cuvée Rosé Brut, a wine with a unique rosé color with the characteristic aromas of red berries. The House has also created Ultra-Brut, a natural brut (unsweetened) wine that requires the skill of subtle assemblage of high-quality grapes, since this wine can only be made from very mature grapes with low acid content.

Laurent-Perrier is a member of the prestigious Comité Colbert, which gathers together French luxury creators in all lines.