Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne Grand Siècle No. 26 NV

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
JS 100
F 98
WE 97
WA 96
DE 96
WFW 95-96
12.0% ABV PRE-ARRIVAL
Item # 347487

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750ml
Pre-arrival (ETA: Apr 2024) 12+ Available
 
100 points & '#1 Top 100 Wines of 2023' James Suckling: "This is really something. Electric on the palate. The aromas are so complex with sliced fresh and dried ginger, subtle pie crust, tarte tatin and hints of nutmeg with some salted caramel. Toasted bread, too. Always subtle. The palate is full- to medium-bodied yet hemmed-in with a freshness and balance that draws you back. Savory and vibrant. It's full of energy. Spectacular. Fascinating. Symphonic blend of 2012, 2008 and 2007. 65% of the 2012, 25% of the 2008 and 10% of the 2007. Eight grand cru. Chardonnay 58% and 42% pinot noir. Disgorged February 2023. 10 years on the lees. 7g/L dosage. Drink or hold. (8/7/23)"

98 points Peter Moser (Falstaff Guide): "Light yellow-green, silver reflections, fine, lively and persistent mousse. Delicately biscuity-backed fine yellow tropical fruit notes, some mango, apple, brioche and lime zest, fresh inviting bouquet. Taut, elegant, white pomelo fruit nuances, fine fruit sweetness, lively acid arc, full of energy, some ripe pineapple in the finish, remains persistent, lemony supported fruit sweetness on the finish, a juicy food companion, good aging potential. (1/1/23)"

97 points/'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "[$300 list] Tautly textured, the Champagne is delicious with a poise between white and citrus fruits along with touches of maturity coming through. Drink this magnificent wine now for its great balance and intensity. (Dec 2023)"

96 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): "A blend of the 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages, the NV Brut Grand Siècle #26 won't be released for another four or five years, but there is a great deal to anticipate, as it's a stunning young wine in the making. Unfurling in the glass with scents of crisp nectarine, pear and honeyed citrus fruit that mingle with notions of fresh mint, blanched almonds and iodine, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and tightly wound, with broad structural shoulders, tangy acids and a long, intense finish. It's a great Grand Siècle in the making. Drink: 2025-2045. (Apr 2019)"

96 points Tom Hewson (Decanter): "This iteration of Grand Siècle is almost entirely composed of two of Champagne's greatest recent vintages, so expectations are high. The wine more than meets them, tempering the generosity of 2012's fruit – ripe apricots, white peach, clementines and sunny, zesty citrus – with a pitch-perfect streak of 2008 tautness and structure. There are some fleshy, creamy notes of papaya and toasted white sourdough, but everything is as delicately rendered as expected and impeccably shaped, with a sleek, silky mousse. A little more approachable than Itération No. 25, it will welcome extended bottle age rather than demand it. The blend is 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir from eight grand cru vineyards. 65% is from the 2012 vintage, 35% from 2008 and 10% from 2007. Drinking Window: 2023-2043. (Jun 2023)"

95-96 points Simon Field, MW (The World of Fine Wine): "(58% Ch, 42% PN; disgorged February 2023; dosage 7g/l). How do the ripe 2012 (65 percent) and the austere 2008 (25 percent) get on with one another, ten years down the line? The ripe and flamboyant held in check by the taut, the granitic, the linear? If only it were as simple as that—but maybe it’s just as well that it isn’t, because key here is integration: nectarine, toast, plums, and gingerbread all generous and expressive for sure, but nothing amorphous, awkward, or merely too young. The linear discipline, courtesy of the 2008, buttresses the more gregarious inclinations of the 2012 efficiently and discreetly. As a result, the ensemble is both calm and exciting, both joyful and dignified. The tension thus captured expertly echoes Bernard de Nonancourt’s guiding principles. The structure therefore underwrites the potential to improve yet further."
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100 points & '#1 Top 100 Wines of 2023' James Suckling: "This is really something. Electric on the palate. The aromas are so complex with sliced fresh and dried ginger, subtle pie crust, tarte tatin and hints of nutmeg with some salted caramel. Toasted bread, too. Always subtle. The palate is full- to medium-bodied yet hemmed-in with a freshness and balance that draws you back. Savory and vibrant. It's full of energy. Spectacular. Fascinating. Symphonic blend of 2012, 2008 and 2007. 65% of the 2012, 25% of the 2008 and 10% of the 2007. Eight grand cru. Chardonnay 58% and 42% pinot noir. Disgorged February 2023. 10 years on the lees. 7g/L dosage. Drink or hold. (8/7/23)"

98 points Peter Moser (Falstaff Guide): "Light yellow-green, silver reflections, fine, lively and persistent mousse. Delicately biscuity-backed fine yellow tropical fruit notes, some mango, apple, brioche and lime zest, fresh inviting bouquet. Taut, elegant, white pomelo fruit nuances, fine fruit sweetness, lively acid arc, full of energy, some ripe pineapple in the finish, remains persistent, lemony supported fruit sweetness on the finish, a juicy food companion, good aging potential. (1/1/23)"

97 points/'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "[$300 list] Tautly textured, the Champagne is delicious with a poise between white and citrus fruits along with touches of maturity coming through. Drink this magnificent wine now for its great balance and intensity. (Dec 2023)"

96 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): "A blend of the 2012, 2008 and 2007 vintages, the NV Brut Grand Siècle #26 won't be released for another four or five years, but there is a great deal to anticipate, as it's a stunning young wine in the making. Unfurling in the glass with scents of crisp nectarine, pear and honeyed citrus fruit that mingle with notions of fresh mint, blanched almonds and iodine, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and tightly wound, with broad structural shoulders, tangy acids and a long, intense finish. It's a great Grand Siècle in the making. Drink: 2025-2045. (Apr 2019)"

96 points Tom Hewson (Decanter): "This iteration of Grand Siècle is almost entirely composed of two of Champagne's greatest recent vintages, so expectations are high. The wine more than meets them, tempering the generosity of 2012's fruit – ripe apricots, white peach, clementines and sunny, zesty citrus – with a pitch-perfect streak of 2008 tautness and structure. There are some fleshy, creamy notes of papaya and toasted white sourdough, but everything is as delicately rendered as expected and impeccably shaped, with a sleek, silky mousse. A little more approachable than Itération No. 25, it will welcome extended bottle age rather than demand it. The blend is 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir from eight grand cru vineyards. 65% is from the 2012 vintage, 35% from 2008 and 10% from 2007. Drinking Window: 2023-2043. (Jun 2023)"

95-96 points Simon Field, MW (The World of Fine Wine): "(58% Ch, 42% PN; disgorged February 2023; dosage 7g/l). How do the ripe 2012 (65 percent) and the austere 2008 (25 percent) get on with one another, ten years down the line? The ripe and flamboyant held in check by the taut, the granitic, the linear? If only it were as simple as that—but maybe it’s just as well that it isn’t, because key here is integration: nectarine, toast, plums, and gingerbread all generous and expressive for sure, but nothing amorphous, awkward, or merely too young. The linear discipline, courtesy of the 2008, buttresses the more gregarious inclinations of the 2012 efficiently and discreetly. As a result, the ensemble is both calm and exciting, both joyful and dignified. The tension thus captured expertly echoes Bernard de Nonancourt’s guiding principles. The structure therefore underwrites the potential to improve yet further."
Product SKU 347487
Producer Laurent-Perrier
Country France
Region Champagne
Varietal Champagne / Sparkling Blend
Designation Brut|Grand Cru
Vintage NV
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 58% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir
ABV 12.0%
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