In the 17th Century, during the reign of Louis XIV, France enjoyed its most illustrious era. Louis XIV became known as the "Sun King" for his benevolence and patronage of the Arts, which became the foundation of France's rich artistic heritage. At the Palace of Versailles, Louis XIV was the first French King to drink Champagne. Louis XIV's era became known as the Grand Siècle - the "Great Century."
Bottled in a replica of a 17th Century bottle evoking the radiance of that period, Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvees embody luxury, magnificence and elegant fit for a king.
Grand Siecle is made with a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend, with the latter being slightly dominant. Twelve of the most prestigious villages supply these grapes; all are classified at 100% Grands Crus such as 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 of the yeast for approximately five years.
It has a bright colour, with a brilliant yellow hue. Its subtle aromas of honey, hazelnuts, grilled almonds and brioche make this the perfect companion for refined dishes. It pairs just as well with poultry and truffles as it does with veal and morel mushrooms.
97 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Laurent-Perrier has always preferred to keep its prestige cuvée as a non-vintage blend. With eight years of aging after bottling and plenty of reserve wines in the blend, it is a mature wine that is yeasty and toasty. To go with that, there is great fruit from the blend that only comes from grand cru vineyards. It's ready to drink.
94 Points - Wine Spectator
An animated Champagne. The vibrant, crystalline frame of acidity and the finely detailed mousse support rich hints of toasted brioche and briny mineral, layered with flavours of Jonagold apple, candied lemon zest, spun honey and ripe blackberry. Sleek and racy on the lasting, spiced finish.