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  • Producer ranking ?

    38
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The 1982 vintage is characterised by its incredibly sugary Chardonnay which give the wines finesse and elegance, offering the promise of a fine balance and great longevity. The final composition kept the promises of the grand crus that define the Belle Epoque style: 50% Chardonnay (Cramant, Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil/Oger); 45% Pinot Noir (Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Mailly, Verzy and Vernezay); 5% Pinot Meunier (Dizy, Hautvillers, Venteuil and Vincelles).

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The Story

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.

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1982 Vintage - Thirty years of maturing underscore the unwavering style and quality of the Perrier-Jouët vineyards.

The House has perpetuated the art of the vintage ever since 1811. It first selects choice wines from remarkable years and then consigns these rare vintages to the silence of its cellars. While each in turn possesses the particular character of its year, they all illustrate the outstanding quality of the Perrier-Jouët vineyards. 65 hectares, ranked at 99.2% on the scale of grands crus. The vineyards are situated in the "magic Champagne triangle", a perfect location which gives the chardonnays great maturity, wiA character magnified by the expertise of the House, developed over more than two centuries, by no more than seven Cellar Masters. Each was trained by the previous Master, like craftsmen jealously handing down their manufacturing secrets from father to son and thus ensuring the longevity of the distinctive style that characterises Perrier-Jouët. Hervé Deschamps, the current Cellar Master and guardian of this precious expertise since 1993, spent ten years working alongside his predecessor before mastering the subtleties of the House style and its unique floral tonality. Viewing each cuvée as a unique work of art. Deschamps fashions and sculpts, with a craftsman's attention to detail, each of the wines that make up the composition of his creations, in order to give full expression to the elegance and the finesse of Perrier-Jouët.

In 1982, Mother Nature offered up a harvest of rare generosity. Time and a precise and intuitive composition transformed this natural offering into a marvel of balance, characterised by the remarkable quality of the chardonnays. Thirty years later, this exceptional vintage still testifies to the unwavering style of Perrier-Jouët.

The 1982 vintage is characterised by its incredibly sugary chardonnays which give the wines finesse and elegance, offering the promise of a fine balance and great longevity. The final composition kept the promises of the grand crus that define the Belle Epoque style: 50% chardonnays (Cramant, Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil/Oger); 45% pinot noir (Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Mailly, Verzy and Vernezay); 5% pinot meunier (Dizy, Hautvillers, Venteuil and Vincelles). 
A prestigious wooden presentation case, engraved with the iconic anemone and the vintage, is the perfect setting for this rare wine.

 

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Vintage 1982

One of the decade’s best vintages, which can be excellently enjoyed already now. The winter was cold and the spring cool. The cold weather moved the start of the growth season and enabled the vines to avoid spring frosts. The inflorescences, which bloomed in June, enjoyed perfect conditions. The warm and sunny weather continued through summer all the way until early September, when refreshing and needed rains arrived in the area. They saved the grapes from overmaturing. The result was an excellent vintage, which in addition to being high-quality was quantitatively one of the biggest harvests ever. The vintage was favorable especially for blanc de blancs. Stylistically, the wines are giving, heavy and rich in nuances. They are now at an excellent age, but can still endure maturing 5–7 years on the average. 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Deep, Straw and Bright

ending

Long, Pure and Gentle

flavors

Coffee, Toasty and Nutty

nose

Open, Pure, Fresh and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Well-structured, Complex, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Fresh, Harmonious and Fruity

Verdict

nice but not special and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Belle Epoque 1982 / “Unveiling these wines means sharing with others what I felt when creating them. These wines tell a story rich in human emotion.”

A golden hue, with amber glints and a lingering effervescence.An aromatic palette of exceptional opulence gradually reveals its secrets to the nose with extreme subtlety: flavours of dried fruits, mature and exotic fruits, candied fruits and cooked pears mingle with hints of cinnamon, heather honey, nougat and walnuts, topped with buttery notes and the aromas of pale tobacco, leather and roasted cocoa beans – an extraordinary bouquet that gradually reveals its fullness.The palate is refined and complex, achieving a perfect harmony of minerality, acidity and freshness.

"A wine of great subtlety with the elegance and energy of a thoroughbred Arab Stallion.

,"Nose of brioche, yeast. On the palate honey, brioche. Lacking the vibrancy of other 82s and definitely on its way out. Still a nice drink at the moment."
  • 89p
Deep developing lemony-golden colour. More restrained and feminine on the nose than the richer 1985. Nice toasty, nutty, coffee shop and pastry under notes with lemony complexity. Linear, pure and fresh on the balance. Tightly-knit and long with a longer life ahead than the 1985.
  • 95p
Good looking magnum size bottle, in an excellent condition and level is 2cm ullage below the cork. Colour is straw, and looking bright, deep and full. On the nose it is wide, open, refined, fresh, generous and round. The taste is fruity, vivid, harmonious, medium-bodied and with balanced structure. The finish is medium long, vibrant, gentle and lingering. This wine is sexy, sophisticated and fine. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 5-10€ years and decant at least 15min before tasting. Good value for money.
- (Tasting note created by Tb's AI)
  • 94p
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Information

Origin

Épernay, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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