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    Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine - Champagne, France

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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 97 Wine Enthusiast, 95 Tasting Panel, 93 Wine Spectator, 93 International Wine Cellar, 93 Decanter

    Region: Champagne, France

    Varietal: Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine

    Other Info: Collectible Wines, Great Wine Gift

    Alcohol By Volume: 12%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 8003

    Winemaker's Notes:

    In the 17th Century, during the reign of Louis XIV, France enjoyed its most illustrious era. Louis XIV became known as the "Sun King" for his benevolence and his patronage of the Arts, which became the foundation of France's rich artistic heritage. At the Palace of Versailles Louis XIV was the first French King to drink Champagne.

    Louis XIV's era became known as the Grand Siècle - the "Great Century". Bottled in a replica of a 17th Century bottle evoking the radiance of that period, Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvées embody luxury, magnificence and elegance fit for a king.

    When it came to his prestige cuvée, Bernard de Nonancourt decided to highlight two of Champagne's traditional realms of proficiency: the blending of different crus and different vintages. Grand Siècle is the epitome of Champagne cuvées, as it blends complementary wines from Laurent-Perrier's very best growths and most successful vintage years.

    Grand Siècle is made with a pinot noir and chardonnay blend, with the latter being slightly dominant. Twelve of the most prestigious villages supply these grapes; all of them classified at 100% Grands Crus such as Ambonnay, Verzenay, Mailly, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Within the vineyards of these villages, only the very best plots are selected, as are the finest musts from the pressings. The blended wine is then aged during the second fermentation on the yeast for approximately five years.

    It has a bright color, with a brilliant yellow hue. Its subtle aromas of honey, hazelnuts, grilled almonds and brioche, make this the perfect companion for refined dishes. It pairs just as well with poultry and truffles as it does with veal and morel mushrooms.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvee has always been non vintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.

    97 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    Lush and rounded with elegant fruit, creamy texture and depth; rich, balanced and ripe with considerable finesse and medium weight style; long, complex and quite brilliant.

    95 Points
    Tasting Panel

    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. 300 cases imported.

    93 Points
    Wine Spectator

    Bright yellow-gold. A heady, mineral-tinged bouquet evokes dried pear, buttery brioche, lemon curd and anise, plus a smoky topnote. Chewy and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated orchard and pit fruit flavors and a touch of bitter quinine. The smoky note repeats on the finish, which shows impressive clarity and mineral-driven persistence.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    A youthful but beautiful Grand Siecle that will be even better with further age. With extra time in the glass we found clean notes of bedsheets dried in the summer wind together with light green apple notes and toast. Refreshing attack and soft lingering beautiful mousse.

    93 Points
    Decanter

    A blend of three vintages from 11 crus rated 100 percent, Grand Siecle is a robustly structured baroque Champagne. It has creamy white chocolate and puff pastry richness, bringing touches of sweetness against the gruff minerality of limestone. Staunch and firm, this will benefit from bottle age.

    91 Points
    Wine & Spirits
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    Gail (9/29/2010)
    The published phrase " this champagne rocks my world" has to be repeated for LPGS! I cannot pretend to describe as a wine expert, but only as a devoted fan. This bubbly is light, full bodied, tiny bubbles that transform into remarkable complexity of flavor. I adore this champagne and was delighted to find it affordable on this website. Thank you, so much. One comment to Wine.com - when packing wines, be sure to cushion the bottom of the box with extra packing. It was broken during transit, and luckily the bottle didn't break or burst.

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