AN IMPORTANT DUAL LEGACY
Hervé Deschamps leaves Maison Perrier-Jouët with a dual legacy. The first is immaterial. Throughout his career at Perrier-Jouët, he has cultivated an entirely new dimension of the cellar master’s role – the role of an ambassador – which has become a blueprint for many champagne houses. He has tirelessly traversed the globe, significantly raising the international profile of the House. His personality and passion for his craft have enabled him to connect with wine experts and enthusiasts around the world, overcoming barriers of language and culture. The second legacy, more tangible, is just as impressive. Hervé Deschamps created two emblematic cuvées – a vintage Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs and a classic Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs. Together, they crystalize the House’s historic savoir-faire in revealing the quintessence of Chardonnay.
Nature is the origin of life, a harmony in movement. I look for inspiration in nature, particularly in flowers, to enrich the notes I perceive during tastings.
A CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Hervé Deschamps shares a similar love of botany with the previous founders of Maison Perrier-Jouët. Drawing upon his encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject, he describes the specific flowers and fruit of each Perrier-Jouët cuvée with uninhibited ease and laser-like precision. A keen gardener, he takes pride in cultivating two varieties of Japanese anemone, one pink and one white, the latter which is represented on Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque bottles by Art Nouveau Master Emile Gallé.
A SENSORY STUDY OF WINE
When Hervé Deschamps tastes wines, the first sense that he uses is sight to evaluate the color, the liveliness of the wine, and the size of the bubbles. He can tell a great deal by looking at a champagne, whether it is young or old. The next sense he uses is his sense of smell. For him, this is the sense that is richest in emotions and evocations. It allows him to understand the wine. Finally, his taste buds complement the notes he has or has not perceived with his nose, and provide information about the fullness, structure and personality of the wine. For Hervé Deschamps, a successful tasting is one that is remembered.
My favorite cuvée is Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs. It has all the freshness and purity I look for in a champagne.