Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle
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Cellar Selection. Laurent-Perrier's prestige cuvée has always been nonvintage, a blending of top wines from top years. It remains an exceptional wine, not quite dry and with a tinge of softness, but so elegant and balanced. This bottling has just the right amount of maturity, hinting at toast while guarding every iota of fruitiness.
International Wine Cellar
Medium straw color, with a vigorous mousse. Wonderfully expressive aromas of white flowers, peach, fresh pear, sweet butter and exotic magnolia blossom. Concentrated and deep, with fresh ripe apple, redcurrant and fruitcake flavors accented by a strong chalky note. This manages to be dense and lively at the same time, with a remarkable range of flavors. Powerful and almost painfully concentrated on the very long finish. This cuvee, which is in a new, black bottle with a small black label, is based on 1996 juice, with the addition of wines from 1995 and 1993, and may be the finest Grand Siecle cuvee I've yet encountered.
This is rich, with hints of toasted brioche and roasted walnut, seamlessly layering a bright frame of acidity with a satiny texture and flavors of crushed plum, cassis, crystallized honey and grated ginger. Drink now through 2021. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 400 cases imported.