99 Points, James Suckling; 97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate; 95 Points, Decanter; 95 Points, Wine SpectatorJames Suckling: “A prestige Champagne with great density and depth, yet it remains compact and structured, with a combination of fine phenolics, acidity and extract. Lots of flavors of lemon rind, salt, mineral and honeysuckle with an attractive fresh-herb undertone. Then it turns to candied lemons with some ginger. A triumph in complexity and power. A blend of 2008, 2007 and 2006. 60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir. 7g/L dosage. Drink or hold.”Wine Advocate: “A blend of the 2008, 2007 and 2006 vintages, with fully 55% deriving from 2008, Laurent-Perrier’s NV Brut Grand Siècle #25 is coming into its own today, bursting from the glass with scents of nectarine, pear, orange oil and confit citrus mingled with notions of buttery pastry, brioche, iodine, dried white flowers and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and incisive, with a fleshy core of fruit girdled by racy acids and animated by a pretty pinpoint mousse, it’s seamless and harmonious, concluding with a long, penetrating finish.”Decanter: “The newest release of Grand Siècle is based upon the superb and structured 2008 vintage (65% of the blend), along with the vivacious 2007 vintage (25%), and the creamy, luxurious 2006 (10%). The final blend is 60% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and 40% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. The result at this stage exhibits its Chardonnay character, with toasty notes of ripe pear and spice on the nose and a creamy, silky texture and an edge of citrus. Although elegant and refined at present, the underlying power will doubtless come to the fore with time.”Wine Spectator: “Reveals rich and concentrated flavors of pear tart and dried mango, roasted hazelnut and ground coffee, preserved lemon and candied ginger enlivened by a spine of racy acidity and an underlying streak of minerality smoke and brine. Offers a fine and creamy mousse, with pleasing viscosity to the overall impression. Long, spiced finish.”Winery: Grand Siècle, the prestige cuvée from Laurent-Perrier, is always a blend of three complimentary declared-vintage years. Each year accentuates one of the hallmarks of the house’s style of freshness, finesse, and structure. By blending together three outstanding vintages, Grand Siècle “creates the perfect year” – one better than nature could ever provide.Grand Siècle – which means means “Great Century”, is the name of the 17th century era of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, who built the Château of Versailles. Historians agree that this was the time and place that saw the birth of French gastronomy and the appreciation of fine wine. Grand Siècle is pronounced”Gronde See-EK-luh”.Vintages: 2008, 2007, 2006Crus: a blend from a selection of 11 of the 17 Grands Crus, chosen for their complementarity.Cellar aging at time of disgorgement: 12 yearsDosage: 7g / L
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