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Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque is the original Belle Epoque vintage cuvée, first appearing in 1964. Instantly recognisable throughout the world, its bottle is adorned with the graceful spray of Japanese white anemones created for Maison Perrier-Jouët by Art Nouveau master Emile Gallé in 1902.
Working at the vat, plot by plot, the Cellar Master tastes and tests time and again, finally isolating the wines, turning each cuvée into a unique wine that expresses all the characteristic elegance and finesse of the House of Perrier-Jouët. "I throw myself into each composition with one combined effort, like the creative flow of an artist, at that moment when intuition, sensitivity and skill somehow inexplicably come together." Hervé Deschamps.
In 1902, Emile Gallé designed a delicate spray of anemones to be engraved on the prestigious cuvées of Perrier-Jouët Champagnes. The House has remained loyal to this artistic heritage ever since.
For Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, Séverine Frerson specifically selects Pinot Noir grapes from two crus, Verzy and Mailly-Champagne, in the north of the Montagne de Reims, both characterised by their chalky soils. “Pinot Noir grapes from Mailly-Champagne in particular have an elegance and finesse that harmonise perfectly with our signature Chardonnay from Grand Cru terroirs in the Côte des Blancs,” she says. “They therefore enhance, rather than overwhelm, the delicate floral structure of the wine.” The result is an elegantly structured cuvée with a clear floral dimension, making Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque an outstanding example of the art of blending in the Perrier-Jouët style.
This attractive bottle was looking fantastically old and had some thin layers of dust on it, which made it appear somehow even more elegant and grand than new ones. Made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Decanted for 30 minutes.
A deep honey-gold color. Had lots of tiny, lively bubbles running eagerly to the top. The bouquet was immensely full, rich and wide with flavors of ripe pear, flowers and honey. Very fresh and youthful wine. Lighter and not as creamy as I expected, but has great balance and marvelous complexity on the palate. Although the balance between grapes was equal by numbers, the Chardonnay has command of the taste.
Pinot Noir, which normally brings the body and richness to the wine, was now run over by Chardonnay ́s enormous finesse and elegance. Personally I pined for more body and structure, but that is just a matter of taste. The finish was round and insistent. The 1966 is a master blend of elegance and lightness.