The expression of the perfect year is that of a great champagne wine that has long ageing potential and over time develops depth, intensity and aromatic complexity yet retains its freshness and vibrancy.
To reach this expression, Grand Siècle’s assemblage is based on principles that have now become immutable:
- Three exceptional years, complementary in character are chosen from among the rare Laurent-Perrier vintages
- A majority of Chardonnay complemented by Pinot Noir sourced exclusively from a maximum of 11 Grands Crus within the 319 Crus of the Champagne region
- A minimum of 10 years ageing on lees in our cellars for bottles (75cl.) and longer for magnums (150cl.), thus delaying their release by a few years.
Time & patience
Whenever possible, the House has worked to recreate through each iteration, that is with each new blend of Grand Siècle, the perfect year. Each iteration requires patience and time before being revealed: patience to wait for the appropriate exceptional vintage years and the time on lees necessary to reach the desired harmony and aromatic complexity. Due to the format, Grand Siècle in Magnum (150cl) is deliberately aged for a longer time on lees. This additional maturation leads to a further expression of Grand Siècle displaying greater aromatic depth, density and a silkier texture.
Since 1959, Grand Siècle has been revealed only 25 times in bottle format and 23 times in magnum.