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Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
Perrier-Jouët (Per-riay Zhoo-et)
50% chardonnay from Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly and Oger; 45% pinot noir, mainly from the northern Montagne de Reims, Mailly-Champagne, Verzy and Verzenay; 5% meunier from estate vines in Dizy; aged 5–6 years on lees; 8g/L dosage
For Hervé Deschamps, 2012 was a good year for Perrier-Jouët chardonnay, producing a good balance between acidity and ripeness. He uses a dash of meunier ‘to create harmony by bridging chardonnay and pinot, like the dash between Perrier and Jouët’.
Cramant and Mailly-Champagne are the pillars of Belle Epoque, uniting in a fresh and lively style in 2012. Chardonnay assumes a confident, citrus-driven lead, with elegant northern Montagne pinot noir providing gentle support. This is a Belle Epoque of grip and definition, with bitter grapefruit notes and crunchy apple fruit jostling with fine salt minerality. It holds freshness on the finish, though bitter grip truncates its persistence. 92 Points - Tyson Stelzer
The iconic Belle Epoque bottle reveals a well-structured, taut wine. With Chardonnay very much in evidence in the mineral texture, the wine is almost as floral as the bottle. 95 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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