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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV ChampagneLaurent-Perrier is on a steep growth curve, with expansion in recent years now seeing the house ranked number five in Champagne by volume, but finding a comfortable equilibrium in that precarious balance between volume and finely tuned quality is what sets Laurent-Perrier apart. Launched in 1959, Grand Siècle's first release was a blend of vintages from 1952, 1953 and 1955. This demonstrates the house's exacting standards and know-how. It's unique style combining finesse, power and balance is the outcome of blending the very best grapes from the most prestigious crus in wines from the best years.
The current release is a blend of 1997, 1999 and 2002, produced from grapes from 11 of Champagne's most prestigious Grand Crus, all rated 100%. The Chardonnays are from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; the Pinot Noirs are from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne and Verzenay. The grape juice was fermented in stainless steel as they very much believe in keeping the juice away from oxygen and protecting those floral aromatics.
What you get in the glass is an intense nose, with floral hints, perfumed and rose character with hints of Turkish delight. Once it has had a few minutes in the glass you get more of those notes of brioche, grilled almonds, and subtle hints of honey. This Grand Siècle is refined, light and delicate; it will live for decades.
Grape Varieties: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 8 g/L
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“A fresh and mellow, supple Grand Siècle with understated elegance. Highly balanced in 75cl bottles even if not one of the most impressive blends. Starting to show signs of evolution. A wholly different story in magnum, which showed majestically at the 2014 CSWWC. The complexity and refinement was just mind-blowing. World Champion Deluxe Magnum, 96 points with further potential.”
“Creamy, yoghurt, peach, dried herbs and baked apple - lots going on here. Substantial and fragrant.”
“A fresh and mellow, supple Grand Siècle with understated elegance. Highly balanced in 75cl bottles even if not one of the most impressive blends. Starting to show signs of evolution. A wholly different story in magnum, which showed majestically at the 2014 CSWWC. The complexity and refinement was just mind-blowing. World Champion Deluxe Magnum, need I say more.”
“Deluxe Magnum. 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir. From magnums based on the 1999 vintage (supplemented by the two previous vintages released by the house) - although the bottles of the concurrent release of this wine are apparently based on the 2002 vintage. In his notes on the wines, Stevenson observes how very different this wine tastes in bottle and magnum, even if the initial blends were identical. I loved the electric tension in this wine despite its relatively great age. Extremely well made.”
“A subtle version, focused more on delicate acidity and texture than the finely layered flavors of creamed apple, marzipan, pastry dough and black currant, with hints of lemon curd and ground spice. Delivers a lasting, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.”
International Wine Cellar,
“Light, bright gold. Mineral-accented scents of pear skin, orange pith and white flowers are lifted by a gingery nuance. Pliant, dense and rich, with palate-coating orchard fruit and spicecake flavors and a smoky mineral quality building with air. Weighty and broad but energetic, with bright minerality adding lift and cut to a strikingly persistent finish.”
“Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvée is always non-vintage, a blend of top years. The latest bottling is so elegant, definitely maturing from bottle aging and older vintages in the blend, but still worthy of aging in itself. It is dry, in the L-P style, but has richness, an intense pink grapefruit character, hints of cilantro, the final acidity a great shaft of light.”
The Busy Wine Lover's Guide to Laurent-Perrier wine-searcher.com, 22nd May 2014
In 1812 André-Michel Pierlot, a former cooper and bottler from Aÿ, settled in Tours-sur-Marne setting up as a champagne négociant (merchant). His son Alphonse Pierlot, who succeeded him, established the champagne house: Le Roy Fils & Pierlot. On his death in 1881 and having no heir he left the house to his cellar master, Eugène Laurent and his wife Mathilde Emilie Perrier. The house became known as "Eugène Laurent & Co".
Eugène Laurent ensured that his business had the essential basis for producing great champagnes by buying several existing houses in Tours-sur-Marne to build up his own estate. In parallel, he acquired a number of plots located in the very best terroirs of Tours-Sur-Marne, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Dizy He also excavated 800 metres of cellars and installed a tasting laboratory, only to meet a premature, accidental death in 1887. His widow Mathilde decided to take on the running of the company herself and renames the house as "Veuve Laurent-Perrier & Co" linking her name with that of her late husband.
Mathilde died in 1925 and her daughter Eugenie inherited the company facing a huge challenge but wanting to keep up the business her mother had worked so hard for. Eventually however, in 1939, with only 12,000 bottles in the cellars, she sells to Madame Louise Lanson De Nonancourt, the sister of champagne producers Victor and Henry Lanson and her youngest son Bernard De Nonancourt came to inherit the house.
When in 1945 Bernard de Nonancourt returns from the war he begins his apprenticeship learning all he needs to know about how to make champagne in the houses of Delamotte and Lanson, and so by 1949 he was finally ready to take over ownership of Laurent-Perrier, which at that time was still called "Veuve Laurent-Perrier". It was changed in 1964 to "Champagne Laurent-Perrier".
From the start Bernard de Nonancourt's ambition was to make great quality champagne and establish the House as one of the main players in the world of Champagne. In his 60 years at the helm, Bernard created the modern day Laurent-Perrier style: essentially light, fresh elegant champagnes. He transformed it into a leading independent champagne brand with a global reputation with success founded on a healthy respect for the natural world and for people. His philosophy was 'with quality people and quality products you cannot fail'.
Sadly he died in 2010, aged 90 and is succeeded by his two daughters, Stéphanie and Alexandra ensuring Laurent-Perrier remains a family owned champagne house.
Prior to 1968, making non-vintage rosé champagne was virtually unthinkable. It was in the midst of a cultural revolution that the visionary Bernard de Nonancourt gave it its credentials. This daring wine combines real structure with freshness and a soft, vinous character. In its elegant bottle inspired by the times of French King Henri IV, Cuvée Rosé Laurent-Perrier soon made a name for itself worldwide. Made using nearly a dozen crus, most of them grands cru, mainly from the South and North parts of the Montagne de Reims - including the celebrated Côte de Bouzy - with a preference for crus from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, the south part of Tours-sur-Marne, Verzenay, Verzy and the north part of Mailly.
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» Also goes wonderfully with foie gras canapés topped with red currants, or slivers of finest pata negra ham
» Works perfectly with soft cheeses & berry fruit salads. The more daring marry it with Asian cuisine
» Cuvée N° 571J To mark the Bicentenary & tribute to Bernard de Nonancourt, the creator of Grand Siècle