Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle was first created in 1959 - a blend of the 1955, 1953 and 1952 vintages - and has been made just 25 times since.
Each release of Grand Siècle is made up of three vintages – the idea being that a single vintage will always lack nuance. Edition number 25 is largely based on the outstanding 2008 vintage (65%), with the 2007 vintage (25%) adding freshness and the 2006 vintage (10%) adding a touch of rich finesse. It is an assemblage of 9 different grand cru vineyards.
The resulting wine is full, layered and rich; it really is a masterpiece of winemaking. Just beginning to show its class, it will reward a decade in bottle should you choose to resist its precocious charm. William Kelley writes of “a fleshy core of fruit, terrific concentration and a racy spine of acidity” and scores it 96+, while Jancis Robinson describes it as “utterly luxurious” and scores it 17.5. When we tasted a bottle in the office we were equally impressed.
This rather exceptional wine will be available for delivery in June.
|Champagne||N.V.||Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle No. 25|
2008 (65%), 2007 (25%) and 2006 (10%)
6 bottle minimum order
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|Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.|
Laurent-Perrier's imminently released NV Brut Grand Siècle #25 is showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with an incipiently complex bouquet of pear, crisp stone fruit and mandarin mingled with hints of smoke, buttered toast and dried white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, layered and textural, with a fleshy core of fruit, terrific concentration and a racy spine of acidity, it's a deep, comparatively structured wine that will evolve beautifully in the cellar. As I've written before, this iteration is a blend of the 2008, 2007 and 2006 vintages, with 2008 lending #25 its depth and structure, 2007 contributing additional cut and 2006 additional richness. While the #25 exemplifies the seamless charm of this bottling, it's also one of the best propositions for long-term cellaring among recent renditions of Grand Siècle, and it will really reward time on cork. 2023 - 2045
A bright lemony colour with a fine & vibrant mousse. An alluring, kaleidoscopic, exotic and wonderfully appealing bouquet. Florally perfumed, clean and precise with both citrusy zest and freshly baked baguettes. Toasty and flinty too. On the palate, the central core and structure of the predominant 2008 vintage in the blend sings out. This citrusy, minerality however is beautifully tempered with rounded, creamy plumpness and a luxurious velvety opulence. Limes and tropical fruits interweaved. Concentrated, intense, complex and with a long and penetrating finish. Hugely impressive and delicious to drink already but will certainly sustain many years of further maturation in bottle if you can resist!
Deep gold with the tiniest bead. Very pungently aromatic and with a texture as smooth as silk. Utterly luxurious. Slides over the palate with an undertow of surprisingly ripe Chardonnay. I'd drink this with a sophisticated fish dish, perhaps with a rich sauce. I love the gentlest of explosions on the palate. Surely this has a lower-than-average pressure? Very long. But it is not recommended for those who like their champagne on the austere side. This is to be launched in late 2021 but it tastes as though it was already gorgeous in 2020. 2021 - 2027
Incredible aromas of apple skin, pie crust, praline and flowers. So young in the nose. Full-bodied with super-fine tannins. It’s tight and refined, yet structured and intense. Really long and beautiful. Still shy. Wonderful finish. 12 years on its lees before disgorging. Three vintages in the blend – 2008 (65%), 2007 (25%) and 2006 (10%). 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. It’s the highest percentage of chardonnay ever. Available in December 2021.