Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle NV Champagne

IWC Gold 2015
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle NV - 75cl Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle NV - 75cl   £90.95 £94.95 £99.95
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Overview
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The idea of Grand Siècle was born from a simple observation: that nature would never provide the perfect oenological year, but that thanks to the art of assemblage, Laurent-Perrier could in fact create it. Always a blend of three exceptional vintages that perfectly complement each other, Grand Siècle was launched in 1959 as a blend of 1952, 1953 and 1955. One year is chosen for structure, one for finesse and one for freshness, creating a unique combination of power and balance from wines of the very best vintages. The grape juice is fermented in 100% stainless-steel tanks as Laurent-Perrier very much believe in keeping the juice away from oxygen and protecting those floral aromatics.

The current release is a blend of 2004, 2002, 1999.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne, Verzenay
Grape Varieties: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 6 g/l

Tasting Note: This has an intense nose with floral hints, lots of perfumed rose character and Turkish delight notes. Once it has had a few minutes in the glass, more flavours of brioche, grilled almonds and honey emerge. This Grand Siècle is refined, light and delicate and will live for decades.
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
Tamlyn Currin,
Jancis Robinson.com,
Jun 2017
18/20
“This is the 17th release of this wine (1959 being the first). Blend of 3 vintages: 1999, 2002 and 2004. (Interestingly, 2000 was the only vintage declared that has never appeared in a Grand Siècle – not good enough?) 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir. Made from 11 of the 17 grands crus.
Very slight tinge of gold. Cheesy nose – distinctly leesy/dairy. But gloriously unfettered and wild and spinning with flavour on the palate. Herbal. Wild honey. Chamomile, lemon zest, walnut and ginger. Coruscating edges. A geometric wine into which the bubbles seem to have been etched with a diamond tip. (TC) ”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Jan 2017
92-94/100
“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.”
Stephan Reinhardt,
RobertParker.com,
Jun 2016
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95/100
“The NV Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée is a Grand Cru Brut based on 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir from a total of eleven villages. The youngest release is a blend of the (declared) vintages 2002, 1999 and 1998, and has a yellow-golden color that opens beautifully with a clear, deep and complex bouquet. It is pure, ripe and very elegant, mixing pain-aux-raisin and honey flavors with pure chalk. Ample, highly elegant, beautifully matured and fruit-intense, with fine caramel, honey and torrone flavors, this is a well-structured Grand Siècle with great finesse and delicate freshness. Awesome.”
Richard Hemming MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Jul 2015
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17.5/20
“Creamy, yoghurt, peach, dried herbs and baked apple - lots going on here. Substantial and fragrant.”
Essi Avellan MW,
EssiAvellan.com,
Jun 2015
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92/100
“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.”
Jancis Robinson MW,
JancisRobinson.com,
Aug 2014
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18.5/20
“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.”
Wine Spectator,
WineSpectator.com,
Nov 2013
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93/100
“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.”
Stephen Tanzer,
International Wine Cellar,
Dec 2012
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92/100
“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.”
Roger Voss,
Wine Enthusiast,
Dec 2009
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96/100
“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.”
'''Bought directly from Laurent Perrier UK, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave'''
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