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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Iteration 22 MV Champagne 1.5L

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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Iteration 22
Description & Technical Information
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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. Iteration is blended from 11 Grands Crus. From June 2019, L-P introduced 'Iterations' to identify the blend of Grand Siécle. This is the 22th time the house has created a magnum blend of Grand Siécle.

The current release is a blend of 2004 (55%), 2002 (30%), 1999 (15%).

Weather: 2004: A fortuitous harvest (18th September in the Marne, 2nd October in the Aisne) providing both quality and quantity, the Chardonnays showed great aromatic potential and balance. Pinot Noirs were of the highest quality.
2002: The first vintage of the century, Chardonnays were harvested on the 15th September and 18th September for the Pinot Noirs. The degree of alcohol was much higher than the average, but with low acidity. Chardonnays were direct and intense while the Pinot noirs were powerful with aromas of red and black fruit.
1999: Was a year defined by its finesse (14th September in the Marne, 17th September in the Aube), like 2002 the alcohol was above average but the acidity was much lower. Chardonnays were delicate and elegant with minerality and floral character, Pinot Noirs were expressive and beautifully ripe.

News Articles:
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV placed third in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvée vs Vintage blind tasting with Jancis Robinson MW in October 2017. Read the full write-up here.
Read the review of our Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV bottle vs magnum tasting here.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Chardonnay: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne, Verzenay
Grape Varieties: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 12 years on the lees
Disgorged: July 2018
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: A bright and vibrant pale gold. Intense and lively aromas combining notes of citrus and candied fruits, gingerbread and honey. A fresh attack with a silky rounded mouth feel. A long and persistent finish displaying notes of citrus fruits and honey.
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