Laurent-Perrier


Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle No. 24 |Multi-Vintage

Laurent-Perrier

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle No. 24

Multi-Vintage

$319.99

- An excellent and masterful multi-vintage blend

- The Iconic Presitge Cuvée from the Laurent Perrier House

- Pair with Caviar, Lobster, or something Truffled 

When De Nonancourt conceived a prestige cuvée in 1955, there were only three prestige champagnes, and all were vintage cuvées. His grandfather had instilled in him that champagne was not about vintage – that the great years possessed structure, finesse and elegance, but not always all three, hence the need to blend. His vision was therefore to produce a prestige cuvée in his style, a multi-vintage able to maintain consistent quality.

This he achieved by blending only grand cru fruit from the best crus in the finest years. Fifty-five years on, his recipe remains. It’s a blend of select plots, comprising 60% of the youngest vintage of more pinot noir than chardonnay, with two older vintages contributing more chardonnay than pinot. The glorious age of the blend places it among the oldest champagnes on the shelves. Sadly, the consumer is oblivious to all this, as the bottle gives no clue to either its disgorgement date or its splendid maturity.

Even the Laurent-Perrier website declares only 7–8 years of maturity, when the truth is close to double. Despite a huge internal debate, the house refuses to budge on this. Such archaic secrecy makes managing collections a challenge, which is a shame, as Grand Siècle ages magnificently, long beyond its release. A full, bright straw hue with gold tints, this is a cuvée that boldly declares its maturity in both colour and character, brimming with luscious layers of crème brûlée, toasted meringue, tarte tatin, ginger, honey, blood orange and fig.

A seamless and harmonious blend, it leads with the elegant finesse and youthful endurance of 2004 and continues with the depth and definition of 2002, bolstered by the richness of 1999. Ageing slowly and confidently, more than 12 years on lees has built a silky, creamy mouthfeel that contrasts layered, salty chalk minerality and subtle, well- gauged phenolic bite. It holds excellent length and line, nudging at tertiary complexity of toffee.

Idiosyncratic and distinctive, at once lusciously decadent and at the same time elegantly strict, this is signature Laurent-Perrier and characteristic La Grande Siècle. Distinguished, refined and immediately alluring, this is a release to drink in the next few years.

Technical details:

55% chardonnay from Avize, Cramant and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, 45% pinot noir from Ambonnay, Bouzy and Mailly-Champagne; 2002 and 1999 reserves; aged more than 12 years on lees; 7g/L dosage; cork

Quite often people do not realise why they like a certain champagne brand. Some houses focus on the pinot noir grape in their champagnes which provides big, round and powerful cuvées and some houses focus on chardonnay, which provides more mineral drive, citrus and elegance. If you prefer the latter, then perhaps consider a bottle of Laurent-Perrier as your 'go-to' entertaining wine.

This maison has a serious history but over the last 100 years has had a long line of influential women at its helm (Mathilde Emilie Perrier in 1812 and later in 1938 Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt), and we cannot help but think that this has influenced the style – graceful, elegant and sophisticated. Of the larger maisons in champagne this is more subtle and understated in its profile. This may be to your preference and it is an affordable champagne label.

Being a high quality wine this would pair with a wide range of dishes, particularly surf & turf. Ideally some pan-fried scallops with black truffle (truffle oil if you can't source truffle).

 

About the house

Quite often people do not realise why they like a certain champagne brand. Some houses focus on the pinot noir grape in their champagnes which provides big, round and powerful cuvées and some houses focus on chardonnay, which provides more mineral drive, citrus and elegance. If you prefer the latter, then perhaps consider a bottle of Laurent-Perrier as your 'go-to' entertaining wine.

This maison has a serious history but over the last 100 years has had a long line of influential women at its helm (Mathilde Emilie Perrier in 1812 and later in 1938 Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt), and we cannot help but think that this has influenced the style – graceful, elegant and sophisticated. Of the larger maisons in champagne this is more subtle and understated in its profile. This may be to your preference and it is an affordable champagne label.

Food suggestion

Being a high quality wine this would pair with a wide range of dishes, particularly surf & turf. Ideally some pan-fried scallops with black truffle (truffle oil if you can't source truffle).

 

Descriptors & Texture


Creamy

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Toast Butter Nougat Vanilla

Orchard Fruit


Nashi Pear

Citrus Fruit


Grapefruit