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  • Food Pairing

    Foie gras canaps, grilled scallops & cold smoked salmon with capers

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The Story

Laurent-Perrier has chosen to make vintages very rarely, only selecting the very best years. This makes Laurent-Perrier Vintage a rare and outstanding wine that clearly expresses the specific character of a year albeit in the Laurent-Perrier style.

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Vintage 1996

Up to this point 1996 has been considered a fantastic vintage which produced classic wines; the best since 1990. A long, dry summer produced grapes of record ripeness with record acidity. Some, including myself, question how the 1996s are aging. The wines are generally characterized by a distinctive rather lemony acidity and very good attack, but some wines now seem terribly austere, while others already seem dangerously short of fruit. None of the subsequent vintages are quite as distinctive as 1996, which in the more successful cases should almost certainly be drunk after the 1999s.

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Perhaps the best and most elegant ordinary vintage champagne ever from Laurent-Perrier. There is even the "clean sheets tone" of Grand Siècle in this wine. The mineral tones are very much to the fore and are integrated with toasted bread and a pure, flowery Chardonnay. Typical of the house and the only thing to do is to stock up with a lot in the cellar.
  • 93p

Greenish. Quite rich and broad, almost more like a ‘95 on the nose. As tightly knit as the socks round the bottles, a dense skein of flavour – very promising when allied to the charming nose. Still only half open. Medium length.

  • 90p
Medium-deep lemon gold colour. Nicely eveolved toasty nose with ripe apple on the background. Charred pleasant charancter, smooth, easygoing and gentle, delightful. Gunpowder.
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Origin

Tours-sur-Marne, Champagne

Drinking temperature

8-10C

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Demi-Sec

Grand Siècle

Grand Siècle ’La Cuvée’ (1997/96/95)

Grand Siècle 'Les Réserves' No.17 (1995/1993/1990)

Grand Siècle ’Lumiere du Millénaire’

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Grand Siècle No. 11 (1979/76/75)

Grand Siècle No. 1 (1955/53/52)

Grand Siècle No. 11 ’La Cuvée’ (1979/76/75)

Grand Siècle No. 12 (1982/79/76)

Grand Siècle No. 13 (1985/82/79)

Grand Siècle No. 14 ’La Cuvée’ (1988/85/82)

Grand Siècle No. 15 (1990/88/85)

Grand Siècle No. 16 ’La Cuvée’ (1993/90/88)

Grand Siècle No. 17 ’La Cuvée’ (1995/93/90)

Grand Siècle No. 18 (1996/95/93)

Grand Siècle No. 19 ’La Cuvée’ (1997/96/95)

Grand Siècle No. 20 (1999/97/96)

Grand Siécle No. 21 (2002,1999,1997)

Grand Siécle No. 22 (2004, 2002, 1999)

Grand Siècle No. 23 (2006, 2004, 2002)

Grand Siècle No. 24 (2007, 2006, 2004)

Grand Siècle No.25

Grand Siècle No. 3 ’La Cuvée’ (1959/61/64)

Grand Siècle No. 7 (1970/69/66)

Grand Siècle No. 8 ’La Cuvée’ (1973/70/69)

Grand Siècle No. 9 (1975/73/70)

Harmony Demi-Sec

La Cuvée

La Cuvée Brut

Les Réserves Grand Siècle ’Cuvée 571J’

Millésimé

Rare

Ultra Brut

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