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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siecle - Champagne for a King

23 November 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM GMT-5
Ziegfeld Ballroom
141 W 54th Street
USD 200.00


William Kelley
Wine Advocate Reviewer
William Kelley developed a love of wine while studying at Oxford, where he presided over the University's prestigious Wine Circle for three years while completing a doctorate in history. In addition to tastings with many of the Old World's greatest producers, he brought many of California's most celebrated and exciting wineries to Oxford for the first time. Kelley had the unique privilege to cut his teeth as a taster on many of the great wines of Burgundy of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. After a stint covering Burgundy for Decanter magazine and working harvests in both California and the Côte d'Or, he made the happy move to The Wine Advocate in 2017. His first-hand experience making wine informs the way he writes about it. Today, he reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Madeira and English Sparkling Wine.
Stéphane Dalyac
Chairman of Laurent-Perrier
Stéphane Dalyac was appointed Chairman of Laurent-Perrier’s Management Board on September 25, 2014 After starting out with PAI Partners, one of Europe’s leading venture capital firms, Stéphane Dalyac joined the Danone Group in 1992, where he held a number of marketing and sales positions, in the United Kingdom in particular. He subsequently moved to the leverage buyout of the Yoplait Group in 2002, where he was appointed Managing Director, Europe, in 2011. Stéphane Dalyac holds a master degree in agronomy from the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (“Sciences-Po”). He also holds a post-graduate diploma in financial mathematics from Paris Dauphine University.


Since its introduction in 1959, Grand Siècle Grande Cuvée MV - the prestige cuvée from the House of Laurent-Perrier - has always been a multi-vintage blend of three complementary years, each of which emphasizes one of the hallmarks of the Laurent-Perrier house style of freshness, finesse, and structure. By blending these three vintages together, Grand Siècle “creates the perfect year” – one better than nature itself could ever provide.

Collectors have known for years that Grand Siècle rewards extended post-disgorgement aging. However, it wasn’t possible to identify which three-vintage iteration was resting in each bottle. But this year, on the occasion of its newest iteration releases – No. 24 in bottle and No. 22 in magnum – the House has begun to include the iteration number on the Grand Siècle labels, revealing the key to knowing the three extraordinary years that comprise each vintage blend.

With the unveiling of this information, for the first time it is now possible to taste through a vertical of Grand Siècle. Only 25 iterations of Grand Siècle have ever been made. The Wine Advocate’s Champagne Reviewer, William Kelley, will be presenting six of these iterations in his tasting, all from magnum,  starting with the not-yet-released No. 25 as the youngest and No. 17 – with over two decades of cellar aging – as the oldest. He will be joined by Stéphane Dalyac of the House of Laurent-Perrier.

Following these will be a tasting from magnum of two vintages of the House’s rosé prestige cuvee, Alexandra, an unusual Champagne of tremendous vinosity made by the co-maceration of grand cru Chardonnay and Pinot noir.