Following on from the hugely successful Iteration 25 , the latest release of Laurent-Perrier’s prestigious multi-vintage blend is even more highly anticipated, as it includes two of Champagne’s greatest recent vintages, 2012 (65%) and 2008 (25%), with 10% also from 2007. Produced from grapes across eight Grand Crus sites, the final blend is 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir, and aged for ten years on the lees for bottles, and longer for the magnums.
With glowing scores and reviews from critics – including 100 points from James Suckling and 19.5/20 from Jancis Robinson (see in full below) – do not miss out on adding this exceptional wine to your collection.
Pricing: £850 per 6 bottles (IB)
James Suckling also just named it as his No. 1 wine of 2023:
“We are celebrating this year’s JamesSuckling.com Top 100 Wines of the Year with a bottle of Champagne. It’s not just an incredible bottle of Champagne, it’s the best wine we rated this year out of the almost 39,000 reviewed by myself and my team of seven tasters/editors.”
“It was a July tasting in Champagne of the newest release of Laurent-Perrier’s Champagne Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée N.26 that inspired us the most in 2023. It is a sensational-quality bottle showing incredible texture, depth and complexity. Its great structure will keep it fresh and vivid for a very long time, yet it is equally energetic and intense, highlighting its beauty now. Champagne producers have always said that their bottles are first great wines and then great Champagnes, and this is certainly the case with the Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée N.26.
“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.” 100 pts, James Suckling
“Powerful aroma of orange peel and something in the putty/chalk spectrum. It somehow manages to be both tight yet approachable, dense in terms of flavour concentration yet filigree in terms of texture. As usual, it’s so Chardonnay! Overriding citrus character and quite amazingly long, a mouthful tingling on the palate for minutes not seconds. Enormous finesse. Massive pleasure. This would make the most luxurious aperitif. Michel Fauconnet, having welcomed the new chef de cave in January 2023, must be especially proud of this wine.” 19.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson