Laurent-Perrier is a giant in Champagne, which has blazed a trail both in the cellar and on the international market. Founded in 1812 by Alphonse Pierlot, Laurent-Perrier has passed through the hands of only three proprietors -- all families -- since its inception. Its current owners, the Nonancourts, have been in control since 1925.It was also the Nonancourts, in 1958, who revolutionized the champagne world by introducing a multi-vintage prestige cuvee. Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle is a blend of three vintages and a distinct step up in complexity and class. Other notable wines include the rich, red-fruity rosè, made via some skin contact with 100% Pinot Noir grapes rather than being a white wine to which a quantity of red wine has been added. In the market, Laurent-Perrier became the first house to establish a wholly owned subsidiary, when it did so in the U. K. in 1978. Three more subsidiaries followed, in Switzerland, the United States, and Belgium, making Laurent-Perrier the largest family owned champagne house in the world.