Behind the Champagne: Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle
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Created to celebrate the best harvests and the finest grapes of Champagne, Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle was developed as Laurent-Perrier’s unique, prestige cuvée.
Though first revealed to a select group of restaurateurs at the Laurent-Perrier cellars in 1957, Grand Siècle was launched publicly on 9 September 1960 in the presence of the Count and Countess of Paris, at the Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz.
The original idea was conceived by Bernard de Nonancourt in 1955 who desired to create a prestige cuvée that offered a unique style. By blending three great Laurent-Perrier vintage years made from the finest crus and grapes, the Grand Siècle style combines finesse, power and balance.
Bernard de Nonancourt reasoned, “In wine making, the most technically difficult part is the vintage, but the greatest strength of champagne lies in the blend. So, to make the very best, you need to create or develop a blend using only vintage years.”
Comprising approximately 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir, Grand Siècle is a blend of 11 grande crus, all rated 100%. The Chardonnays are from Avize, Chouilly ,Cramant, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. The Pinots Noirs are from Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois, Mailly, Tours-sur-Marne, and Verzenay. Cuvée Grand Siècle benefits from long cellar ageing of seven to eight years, and sometimes more if the cellar master deems it necessary, with an additional two years for the magnums.