#13 on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 100 Cellar Selections for 2014!
This Champagne from Laurent Perrier celebrates Louis XIV's era known as the "Great Century". In a replica of a 17th Century bottle evoking the radiance of that period, Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvée embodies luxury, magnificence and elegance fit for a king. Grand Siècle is made with a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend. Twelve of the most prestigious villages supply the grapes; all of them classified 100% Grands Crus. Some are Ambonnay, Verzenay, Mailly, Avize, Cramant, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Within the vineyards of these villages, only the very best plots are selected, as are the finest musts from the pressings. The blended wine is then aged during the second fermentation on the yeast for approximately five years. With top scores from all of the critics, Wine Enthusiast Magazine selected it as a Top 100 Cellar Selection for 2014. Scoring it 97 points, they said “Laurent-Perrier’s prestige cuvée has always been non-vintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.”
Purchased three (3) bottles this November (2014) for special occasions. Had one (1) bottle chilled and ready for Thanksgiving dinner and had a standby bottle of Moet & Chandon, as a comparison. Poured both for ten (10) guests and 8 out of 10 preferred the Grand Siecle, including me. (The two that preferred the Moet always prefer Moet and thought the Grand Siecle too "bubbly".) I've had alot of champagne in my time, but this was far and away superior to the Moet and better than most I have tasted. Truly worth the cost for any special occasion. Highly recommend.