New York, NY May 20, 2019: Champagne Laurent-Perrier is excited to introduce the latest iterations of their prestige cuvée Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée MV and an entirely new cuvée, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature NV. All will launch in the US in fall 2019 and showcase the House’s pioneering spirit, respect for tradition and love for nature.
The House launched Grand Siècle 60 years ago taking the art of assemblage to its utmost limits. It broke the convention that a prestige cuvée had to be a vintage, instead blending three as declared by Laurent-Perrier to create the perfect year. Grand Siècle is always 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir with grapes sourced from the ﬁnest grand crus. The years selected all offer excellent quality, but each bring a complementary expression to the blend: one for ﬁnesse, one for freshness and one for structure.
The cuvée takes its name, which means Great Century, from the illustrious period of French history during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. At that time, art de vivre reached its pinnacle and French gastronomy and the art of dining was born, ushering in the concept of vins de terroir and the ﬁrst effervescent wines from Champagne. Grand Siècle’s elegant bottle was inspired by the work of early 17th century master glassmakers.
For the ﬁrst time in its history, Laurent-Perrier will be identifying the vintages comprising the cuvée with the iteration number on the neck of the bottle—it can then be matched on GrandSiecle.com. The iterations below will be available in the US in September 2019.
- Grand Siècle No° 24, 750mL, $149.99: 2007, 2006, 2004 vintages; 11 years cellar aging before disgorgement
- Grand Siècle No° 22, magnum, $400: 2004, 2002, 1999 vintages; 13 years cellar aging before disgorgement
The Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, $89.99, is Laurent-Perrier’s new cuvée and will be available in limited quantity in the US in September 2019. The cuvée is the culmination of the House’s procurement of vineyards in grand and premier cru villages over the past 15 years coupled with their deep knowledge of zero-dosage viniﬁcation and expertise in making blanc de blancs. Michel Fauconnet is Laurent-Perrier’s cellar master and has also held this position at Salon for over two decades.
Laurent-Perrier ﬁrst produced a zero-dosage champagne—the Grand Vin sans Sucre—in the 19th century. The House resurrected this style and created the ofﬁcial category with the introduction of its Ultra Brut in 1981. Additionally, the House led the region in transitioning to stainless steel tanks in the 1950s, driven by a desire to have a House style deﬁned by Chardonnay.
This 100% Chardonnay cuvée has zero dosage and six years of cellar aging as of disgorgement. The Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature combines powerful fruit with a delicate acid structure. It shares its bottle shape with the iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, which is 100% Pinot Noir—both are signatures of the House.
About Champagne Laurent-Perrier
Champagne Laurent-Perrier, established in 1812 and now the largest female and family-owned House, has a long tradition of cutting edge innovation in the region and can be credited with many of the ideas that have deﬁned Champagne production. The House focuses solely on champagne and has created a style recognized for its freshness and ﬁnesse. Laurent-Perrier’s champagnes are made exclusively from vineyards with High Environmental Value (HVE) certiﬁcation. They are the 8th, in the US, and 5th, internationally, largest Champagne brand.