Laurent-Perrier CHAMPAGNE GRAND SIECLE No 23
Winemaker Notes: Laurent Perrier's prestige cuvée, Grand Siècle, is always a blend of three complimentary declared-vintage years. Each year accentuates one of the hallmarks of the house’s style offreshness, finesse, and structure. For the first time Grand Siècle is featured in a limited edition Sun King themed jacket.
"Dried lemons, salted almonds, oyster shells, croissants, iodine, baked apples, spices and some ginger notes. White pepper, too. Vibrant and fresh, with a distinct saline edge. I like the subtle spice character. So much subtle power and tension. 58% chardonnay and 42% pinot noir, from 2006, 2004 and 2002. 14 years on the lees, three or four more than the normal bottle release. Only available in magnum."
Being released in magnum, the NV Brut Grand Siècle #23 is showing beautifully, mingling aromas of peach, pear, fresh pastry, citrus oil, buttered toast and white flowers. Full-bodied, fleshy and ample, it's elegantly gourmand, with fabulous depth and a long, expansive finish. This is a blend based on 2006, complemented by 2004 and 2002. The volume and texture characteristic of the 2006 and 2002 vintages take the lead here, with the 2004 bringing supplemental aromatic complexity. One of the more demonstrative recent renditions of Grand Siècle, this is a fabulous choice for drinking over the next decade or two"
Laurent-Perrier likes to bring out new editions in magnum based on previously released Champagnes that have benefited from prolonged cellaring. This cuvée is a blend of 65% of the 2006 vintage, 20% of 2004 and 15% of 2002 sourced from 11 different grand cru sites. The announced ambition is to attain the perfect year expressing depth and aromatic complexity as well as freshness. A fantastic and generous bouquet that has kaleidoscopic-like scents of white fruits, French pastry, flowers, spices and candied lemon. There is full-bodied vinosity on the palate that is carried forward to the long, mouthwatering finish by a delightful saltiness. A full-throated expression for this captivating Champagne. Dosage: 7g/L. Disgorged: April 2020. "