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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

Since early years, the production of Belle Epoque has grown year after year. Belle Epoque Rosé was created in 1976. The excellent vintage of Chardonnay in 1993 inspired Hervé Deschamps, cellar master at Perrier-Jouët, to produce a small quantity of Blanc de Blancs:

-“The production is very small-scale – only one per cent of all Belle Epoque champagnes. The grapes are grown almost exclusively in one of our top vineyards in Cramant. Rosé makes up 8 per cent of the sales, and we hope to see that figure grow. Despite the larger volume we now produce, the production is still expensive: high levels of humidity and the way the bottles are piled take their toll on the gilding. The cost of a bottle without any contents is 10 euros!”

A multi-sensorial wine, made up of delicate and complex harmonies: a perfect balance between the character of the generous year and the House style.

Delicious with desserts that combine the fondant with the crunchy, its flavours will express themselves consummately if served between 10 and 12° (the temperature can also be slightly higher if accompanying a meal). If conditions allow, you may keep your Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2004 for over ten years.

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A fine balance between the character of the year and the floral, stylish, diamond-cut style that is the hallmark of Perrier-Jouët, the Belle Epoque Rosé 2004 is crafted in the purest traditions of the House.

The bottle with the iconic anemone, designed in 1902 by Emile Gallé, one of the leading figures of the Art Nouveau movement, expresses the floral elegance which characterises the Belle Epoque Rosé cuvée. It reveals the wine's delicate colour as if in homage to the outstanding Perrier-Jouët vineyards, ranked at 99.2% on the scale of qualitative wines.

Floral, stylish and diamond-cut, the Belle Epoque Rosé 2004 was crafted by Hervé Deschamps, the 7th Cellar Master at Perrier-Jouët, following a tradition that stretches back over 200 years. As with the Belle Epoque cuvée, the wines are selected vat by vat and developed one by one. The composition is carried out with the greatest precision, thus ensuring that the nuances of each individual wine are fully savoured.

The 2004 vintage was as generous as nature itself. The winter frosts left the vineyards intact, and a cool June prolonged the flowering season, while an Indian summer blessed the fruits with optimal maturity. The grapes finally achieved a perfect balance between sweetness and sharpness. The quality of the must seemed to herald a grand cru – a promise that was amply kept. In order to achieve this harmonious balance between the generosity of the year and the Perrier-Jouët style, Hervé Deschamps uses the Cramant and Avize grands crus, drawing on the elegance and minerality of their Chardonnays. They make up 45% of the composition.

The power of the fruity and delicate notes of the pinot noir from the Montagne de Reims terroir account for 50% of the composition, while the Dizy pinot meunier wine (5%) lends the fragrance of mature red fruits, coupled with roundness and balance. Hervé Deschamps selected grapes of particular redness in order to be able to reduce their proportion in the composition. The chardonnays thus reveal the fullness of their elegance and finesse.

"A unique style, a multi-sensorial wine." Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master.

Dosage: 8g/l - Matured for at least six years in the House cellars.

 

 

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Vintage 2004

A great example of how large yields do not necessarily mean poor quality in Champagne. As a reaction to the previous year's low yields, the vines produced one of the largest crops on record. The growing season proceeded without major difficulties but the bumper crop called for bud thinning. August brought about cooler weather and some rains, increasing the risk of rot. The massive crop, averaging 13,990 kg/ha, was picked from September 18th onwards. The quality was a pleasant surprise; vibrant wines with appropriate intensity, refined charm and refreshing lightness. This vintage impresses me more and more, and I feel tempted to give it the full five stars. It comes with a rare balance of freshness, lightness, yet fine aromatic intensity. Post-release, this vintage has proven to be slow to age, and elegant wines are likely to keep on ageing gracefully. Dom Pérignon and Louis Roederer Cristal both excelled.

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Origin

Épernay, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Satisfactory

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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Inside Information

The other champagne dynasties founded before the end of Napoleon’s era may boast with noble origins or at least with well-off founders, but not so with Perrier-Jouët. The Ruinart and Clicquot families were wealthy merchants; the Moët family was part of the local nobility. Perriers had been craftsmen and their social status started to change only during the 18th century. Pierre Nicolas-Marie Perrier founded the champagne house in 1811. Because the name Perrier was not unusual enough, he combined it with Jouët, the maiden name of his wife.

Under the guidance of Charles Perrier, the next generation built the foundation for the success of Perrier-Jouët, both in the royal courts of Europe and among British customers. Charles, the youngest of Pierre Nicolas’s sons was the one most interested in his fathers’ business. English language was a prerequisite for working on the champagne market, and young Charles was sent to London to learn the language in 1834. The young man was positive, energetic, lively, and he had what it took to succeed in the trade. In 1835 Charles announced that he was ready to return home and get back to work – with limitless amounts of energy to put into his fathers’ business.

Perrier-Jouët became wealthier and emerged gradually as a competitor to Moët and Ruinart. Strong ties to Britain were strengthened, and by the year 1847 some 75 % of the production was sold to the British. Perrier-Jouët was a pioneer in producing dry champagne, which the British loved.

Perrier-Jouët was one of the most prestigious dry champagnes, but it was also the result of some ambitious product development. When vintage wines became the name of the game, Perrier-Jouët was the first to mark vintage dates on corks in 1858. A decade later, it started printing them on the labels as well. This development marked also the beginning of a market divided between non-vintage and the more expensive vintage champagnes.

Since those early years, the production of Belle Epoque has grown year after year. Belle Epoque Rosé was created in 1976. The excellent vintage of Chardonnay in 1993 inspired Hervé Deschamps, cellar master at Perrier-Jouët, to produce a small quantity of Blanc de Blancs:

-“The production is very small-scale – only one per cent of all Belle Epoque champagnes. The grapes are grown almost exclusively in one of our top vineyards in Cramant. Rosé makes up 8 per cent of the sales, and we hope to see that figure grow. Despite the larger volume we now produce, the production is still expensive: high levels of humidity and the way the bottles are piled take their toll on the gilding. The cost of a bottle without any contents is 10 euros!”

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