Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
Louis XIV's era became known as the Grand Siècle - the "Great Century". Bottled in a replica of a... View More
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.
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.
This represents the firm's top selection of Chardonnay (55 percent of the blend, from Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) and Pinot Noir (from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne and Verzenay). It's a luxurious and stylized Champagne, wearing its tete-de-cuvee status in the perfumed scent and the satin-rich texture. The Pinot Noir speaks powerfully, with austere red fruit and brisk, miner-inflected length of flavor.
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.
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.
This is rich, with hints of toasted brioche and roasted walnut, seamlessly layering a bright frame of acidity with a satiny texture and flavors of crushed plum, cassis, crystallized honey and grated ginger. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.