Laurent-Perrier "Grand Siècle" Brut Champagne

SKU #990488 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* 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.  (12/ 2009)

94 points The Wine News

 Moderate straw-yellow hue with fine, active bubbles. Expressive nose of toasted grain and red apple with light lemon accents. Foamy texture on entry with continued cherry notes that complement pear and spice together with a very pleasing, creamy mineral appeal. Tart apple and crisp lemon/lime-inspired acidity grace the elegant close.  (6/ 2011)

93 points 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.  (11/ 2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's 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.  (12/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Very delicate and fine-textured. A tad sweet with some lemon posset notes. Very clean. Lovely gentle but persistent bead. Satisfying persistence. Drink 2012-2019. (18/20 points)  (11/ 2013)

Wine & Spirits

 While this wine’s aromas and flavors are sophisticated and layered, with the complexity brought by a range of reserve wines, its texture feels a bit thick. With a tight, floral, limestone finish, it will match shellfish in cream.  (12/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This Champagne is a blend of three great harvests: 20% 1999, 20% 1997 and an astonishing 60% 1996. It is half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir and all the fruit comes entirely from Grand Cru villages in Champagne. This is one of the greatest of the tête de cuvée Champagnes, but it has had a hard time selling in the U.S. because it does not carry a vintage date, and is not produced in the same large volume as Cristal and Dom Perignon. This is a must for anyone who loves Champagne. It has glorious detail and complexity on the bouquet. In the mouth, the bead is ultra fine; it is hard to imagine smaller bubbles. The flavors are polished and fresh but still fully developed, a testament to the precise blending of the three great vintages. A great tête de cuvée! (Gary Westby, Champagne buyer)

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/17/2013  | Send Email
The Grand Siècle is a prestige bottling with the stuffing to back it up. I was well impressed with this bottle in our last tasting, it has all the complexity and richness that you would expect from the top bottling of a Champagne House. A true multi-vintage wine, this combines the strengths of three great vintages into a sum that is greater than the three parts. This wine is driven decadence, ripe off the tree peaches and cream envelope your palate at the first sip, followed by dense shortbread and white flowers. Layers or citrus and ginger follow, supported by a subtle nuttiness from the lengthy aging, this wine is complete, without a single edge to be found.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/17/2013  | Send Email
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This latest release from Laurent Perrier is a blend of the 1999, 2000 and 2003 vintages. It is rich with pear and stone fruits on the nose. Oon the palate, there is power and delicacy with more pear fruit, subtle peachy notes and citrus on the long finish. One of the bext examples of Grand Siecle that I have seen!

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/12/2012  | Send Email
The Grand Siecle has long been my favorite tete de cuvee, but for many years now it has been out of reach. Since 2008, just a trickle has made it to the USA, and it was a fantastically expensive trickle. We managed to secure some at a very fair price and I can't say enough about what a great wine this is. Most big houses talk a big game about the "Blenders Art" and the synergy of Grand Cru terroirs when combined not just with balancing sites, but also across time. This is the embodiment of synergistic blending and monk’s patience. Nearly every Grand Cru in Champagne is represented; the wine is from three different vintages and aged over 10 years on the lees. The current batch is an astounding 80% reserve wines- something unique in the world of Champagne. If you are looking for effortless class and depth you will never tire of, look no further.
Drink from 2012 to 2022

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France

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