1999 Delamotte Collection is late-disgorgement re-release after 16 years on lees. A warm and ripe year. Deep, golden colour. Mature scent with dried and autumnal fruit. Soft palate with acidity on the lower side. Toasted but not as expressive toastiness as Dom Ruinart or other reductive chardonnays. It is unusually fat for Delamotte. No further upside potential from here. In fact, I think we were a little late to the party.
I consider Grand Siècle to be one of the most pronounced examples of the reductive style alongside Rare, Dom Pérignon, Blanc des Millénaires and Comtes de Champagne. At Laurent-Perrier they ferment grape juice in steel tanks seeking immaculate freshness. With a selection of chardonnays from the finest grand crus they gain elegance. Itération N° 24 is a blend of 2007 (60%), 2006 and 2004. This composition creates a balance. Scent of candied fruit and toasty complexity characteristic of aged chardonnay. Taste has freshness and structure from long ageing on lees. As the wine ages, the aromas of coffee and roasted beans appear in Grand Siècle. These tertiary aromas have not yet developed but it’s a wonderful glass already.