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Blend: 55% Chardonnay (Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger) & 45% Pinot Noir (Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne, Verzenay)
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru
Vintage blend: 2007 (60%), 2006 (20%), 2004 (20%)
Ageing: 12 years on the lees
Dosage: 7 g/l
Debut year: 1959 (blend of 1952, 1953, 1955)
At the beginning of the 1950’s, Laurent-Perrier was a small family house that Bernard de Nonancourt, wanted to raise to the rank of Grande Maison. At the time, vintage in Champagne, was synonymous with excellence for prestigious cuvées. However, Bernard de Nonancourt thought differently: for him, only blending can bring us what a great vintage cannot do: to recreate the perfect year.
Starting from his observation based on experience, the perfect year would be the one that brings together the main characteristics of Champagne vintages: structure, freshness and finesse. This is how his first creation, Grand Siècle, a unique prestigious cuvée in Champagne was born in 1959.
Its blend is based on 4 principles that are now immutable:
1. a blend of 3 rare and exceptional vintage years made by Laurent-Perrier
2. a choice of 11 Grand Crus amongst the 17 that exist in Champagne
3. one dominant year complemented with 2 earlier years
4. the majority Chardonnay with the balance Pinot Noir.
This rigor in the selection has allowed us to develop only 24 iterations since its creation. 24 different blends expressing their own characteristics whilst maintaining the Grand Siècle style. We do not decide to craft Grand Siècle; it is Nature that offers it to us.
Grand Siècle must therefore meet this permanent objective of achieving the perfect balance in its composition among the characteristics of the great vintage years. For each of these years, we will seek the expression of certain Grands Crus, carefully chosen, individually vinified and assembled according to their personality.
At Laurent-Perrier time is of essence: this wine benefits from long aging of over 10 years in the cellars before the ideal moment is decided on to unveil a new iteration.
Grand Siècle is a champagne whose mineral and citrus notes come from the chalky terroirs of the Grands Crus de Chardonnay which give it a great deal of freshness. Pinot Noir meanwhile gives elegance with beautiful fruity aromas and structure. Balance reigns in this wine. Its intensity and aroma give it depth and complexity, its finish is long and surprisingly fresh despite its long aging. Grand Siècle, the ultimate expression of our quest for quality, is a unique champagne that goes well beyond rare vintages to recreate, with each new iteration, the perfect year.
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