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  • Country ranking ?

    795
  • Producer ranking ?

    7
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    Now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Different types of grilled fish dishes

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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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Vintage 1988

CHAMPAGNE: From this year, the most classic and refined champagnes were producedChampagnes are long-lived and mature slowly to their peak.

Winter and spring were fairly mild. Inflorescences began in good weather in June. Already during the next month, the cloud masses swarmed to the Champagne province. Finally, the sky broke right before harvest. The harvest remained smaller than in the previous year. Even though the weather was unstable, the vintage produced fine and elegant wines, of which many have just reached their peak. The wines are marked by high acids and a concentrated, precise style. A real classic vintage. There is no rush to enjoy these wines, as they endure storage well and will continue to develop well for the next 10–12 years. Indicative of a slowly maturing vintage is that Krug released to the market first the Clos du Mesnil 1989 vintage before the 1988 vintage. This year has also stayed in mind as the vintage when Jacquesson & Fils produced the first of its three late bottled special cuvées – the Jacquesson DT (Dégorgement Tardif).

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Long and Smooth

flavors

Toasty and Honey

nose

Youthful, Complex and Generous

taste

Low alcohol content, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Developing, Fresh, Harmonious and Dry

Written Notes

Magnum Pale golden. Minerals, apples, some brioche, quite tight nose. Fresh acidity, fruity, nutty, some spices, minerals, elegant, long. 94

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Origin

Épernay, Champagne

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Belle Epoque 1988  ( Perrier-Jouët )

"One of the best tastings ever. Cristal 88 rosé "

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Belle Epoque 1988  ( Perrier-Jouët )

"Delicious tasting of 1988. Just got to love the vintage! Go Crissie Rosé!"

10y 5d ago

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