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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle Iteration No 23 MV

Mix 12
£126.00
Mix 6
£128.00
Per Bottle
£130.00
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Description & Technical Information
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Although originally founded in 1812, the name Champagne Laurent-Perrier was not conceived until 1964. It was Bernard de Nonancourt who initiated Laurent-Perrier's rise to world fame. One of Champagne's most important figures in the 20th century, he officially took over in 1948 after a three-year apprenticeship at the Houses of Delamotte and Lanson. In his 62-year tenure, production grew from 80,000 bottles annually to over eight million. Under de Nonancourt, Laurent-Perrier were the first House to use stainless-steel vats and the first House to create both a zero dosage champagne (Ultra Brut) and a multi-vintage prestige cuvée (Grand Siècle). Sadly, de Nonancourt passed away in 2010 and Laurent-Perrier is now managed by his two daughters, Alexandra and Stéphanie alongside Cellar Master Michel Fauconnet and has become one of the region's largest producers, they are perhaps best known for Cuvée Rosé, the most recognised rosé champagne on the planet. Since 2020 Alexandra's daughter, Lucie Pereyre de Nonancourt has taken on the global role of Brand Ambassador for Grand Siècle.

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 2006 – 60% | 2004 – 25% | 2002 – 15%
From June 2019, new releases of Laurent-Perrier Grande Siecle MV will be labelled by Iteration. The current new release is Iteration 24. This iteration is 23.

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
Lees Ageing: 8 years
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: Now to 2023

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.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Overview
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Tamlyn Currin
“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) ”
92 → 94/100
Essi Avellan MW
“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.”
95/100
Stephan Reinhardt
“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.”
18.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Deep straw colour but still with amazing tension on the palate. This is explosive and minerally on the nose and definitely with less obvious acidity than the Grand Siècle No 25 in bottle at this point. In fact, it's almost warm and round! Definitely creamy-textured with strong lemon-syllabub (lemon-cream) notes. Very much part of the Grand Siècle family with just a lightly bitter note on the end. Maturing very nicely.
Drink 2022–2034”
17.5/20
Richard Hemming MW
“Creamy, yoghurt, peach, dried herbs and baked apple - lots going on here. Substantial and fragrant.”
93/100
Wine Spectator
“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.”
92/100
Stephen Tanzer
“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.”
96/100
Roger Voss
“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.”
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Awards
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DWWA Gold 2018
IWC Gold 2015
News Articles
  1. The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 25

    The Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Story Iteration 1 to 25

    June 21, 2021

    The Grand Siecle concept is a blend of three great vintages, each bringing certain characteristics from different base years. Only 24 iterations have been produced in 65 years in Laurent Perrier's quest to find 'The perfect vintage champagne'.
  2. Laurent-Perrier: Something New, Something New, Something... New

    Laurent-Perrier: Something New, Something New, Something... New

    October 3, 2019

    A year of change for Laurent-Perrier sees the house welcome a new champagne, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV; a redefined prestige cuvée concept, Grand Siècle Iterations; and finally, a new chef de cave, Dominique Demarville. We caught up in June to find out more.
  3. Laurent-Perrier: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Laurent-Perrier: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 15, 2019

    "Everything is good, my work now is to find which ones are very good." Laurent-Perrier had a successful harvest in 2018, a year which Chef de Cave Michel Fauconnet believes will most certainly produce a stunning vintage champagne and hopefully a strong Alexandra Rosé as well.
  4. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV: Bottle vs Magnum

    Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV: Bottle vs Magnum

    August 10, 2018

    We recently compared a bottle and magnum of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle NV and were surprised by how fresh and youthful the larger format was showing, despite being a blend of older vintages. Read the full tasting report here.
  5. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Vertical Tasting

    Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle Vertical Tasting

    December 18, 2017

    We were recently offered the opportunity to taste some older vintages of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle: 1) A blend of 1999, 1997 and 1996, and 2) A blend of 1997, 1996 and 1995. Sampled alongside the current release, the results were very interesting.
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