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Perrier Jouet - Champagne Collection - Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 - Characteristics

Characteristics

The House's rarest and most precious cuvée

The quintessence of the Perrier-Jouët terroir, in its purest form.

Colour

A pale yellow hue, luminous and enticing, with fine bubbles.

Nose

Fragrances of astonishing richness, a delicate and elegant complexity. The initial aromas of white flowers (hawthorn) are subtly accentuated by hints of citrus (lemon, zest of candied grapefruit, bergamot orange). Mineral (chalky) notes unfurl across the Acacia honey.

Palate

In the mouth, the sensation is candid and round, with pleasantly balanced sugary notes, all in vibrant harmony. The delicate texture offers up a wide range of aromas: flowers, citrus and tropical fruits (grapefruit and fresh ginger). Roundness and charm complete the tasting for a fine long finish.

The simple purity of the Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs is sufficient: nothing else is required for a full sensory experience. However, a selection of delicate mises en bouche flavoured with Szechuan pepper or a few grains of rare caviar will render the tasting of this rare cuvée simply sublime.

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Perrier Jouet - Champagne Collection - Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 - Expert Opinions

Expert opinions

A striking Champagne… an elegant wine…

"…the most memorable champagne I have tasted from Perrier-Jouët in some time…"
Wine Advocate, November 2011.

 "This elegant wine shows beautiful precision in its texture, with harmonious notes of lemon blossom, patisserie apple, vanilla-tinged brioche and savoury minerals. Lovely for its subtlety and overall grace. Drink now through 2025." Wine Spectator, December 2011

"The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Belle Époque is a striking champagne endowed with considerable power and richness in its exuberant fruit. The wine blossoms on the palate with tons of richness and a broad, expansive voice to the fruit is quite beautiful. A long creamy finish layered with tropical fruit rounds things out nicely. This is easily one of the most memorable champagnes I have tasted from Perrier-Jouët in some time. Anticipated maturity: 2011/2022."     Wine Advocate, November 2011

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Perrier Jouet - Champagne Collection - Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 - Beauting

Beauting: Food pairing
by Perrier-Jouët

The simplicity of perfection

An exceptional cuvée which paints a perfumed landscape: a delicateness to be paired only with the most refined of flavours.

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. The same tradition gave rise to Beauting: a vision of gastronomy which embraces Beauty and Good Food, turning each dish into a work of art, in perfect harmony with each cuvée. A unique sensory experience and a feast for the eye and the palate alike.

The purity and refined elegance of the Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 cuvée is perfectly echoed by the seafood flavour of a carpaccio of scallops, enhanced by the juice of a Meyer lemon and sweetened by Tahiti Vanilla pods, or sautéed with lobster tails. The subtlety of this exceptional cuvée would be beautifully accentuated by the sweetness of freshly rolled potato gnocchi, with a dash of Szechuan pepper and covered in lobster cream.

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Perrier Jouet - Champagne Collection - Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 - Wine Making Notes

Wine making notes

The most accomplished expression of the Perrier-Jouët style

A harvest, a grape variety, a terroir, two plots, a legendary cuvée.

It called for extreme precision. The blending of this rare cuvée, fashioned from two plots and a single grape variety, required unparalleled precision and intuition and a balance to which only the greatest cellar masters can aspire. Hervé Deschamps is the 7th Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master in 200 years to possess such expertise, handed down in the purest traditions of the House. A tradition that establishes this profession firmly among the ranks of creative crafts, in which each cuvée is conceived as a unique work of art, based on a subtle blend of intuition, sensitivity and expertise.

The two most refined plots in the Perrier-Jouët vineyard, Bourons Leroy and Bourons du Midi, went into the making of the Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002. In the heart of the Côte des Blancs, in the Cramant terroir, renowned for the quality of its chardonnays, these two plots benefit from the purity of the Champagne soil, whose chalkiness retains the humidity, allowing the deep roots of the vine to flourish. Their South-South-east location is ideal, half way up the slopes, ensuring that the vines receive maximum exposure to the sun each day.

2002 was a fine year for the maturity of the grapes. A dry year. After a spring characterised by average temperatures, with a little hail, the absence of rain led to an early flowering. The rain-free period lasted until July, and despite the August rains, the soil remained dry. A dry and sunny September encouraged the grapes to mature. The harvest began on 15th September with the chardonnays, in good weather conditions. The potential alcohol content was very high, reaching 13° in certain plots, while acidity levels were at their lowest since 1988. It was a legendary year.

The transparent bottle is graced with nothing other than its iconic anemone, designed by Emile Gallé in 1902, showcasing the incredible luminosity and the remarkable delicateness of the wine within. Produced in very small quantities, the Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs 2002 is the House's most precious cuvée.

"A unique cuvée, Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs reveals the purity and authenticity of the Perrier-Jouët terroir."

Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master

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

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