Champagne became synonymous with celebration, but in these uncertain times, we got to be reminded that every day and every moment with our loved ones is so precious and worth adding some bubbles to it. Coco Chanel once stated that she drinks champagne on two occasions: when she was in love and when she wasn’t. In other words, it’s summer and the perfect time to enjoy a glass of chilled champagne. But, which one to choose? How much do we really know about this sparkling drink? We are here to present you with one of France’s historic champagne houses, Maison Perrier-Jouët, and its magical selection of cuvées.
Perrier-Jouët – Maison Belle Epoque
First, you have to know that authentic champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region in France, an area in the country’s northeast, about 100 miles outside of Paris. It must also be made only from the approved grape varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Arbane, and Petit Meslier (though the first three are by far the most commonly used in champagnes).
Perrier-Jouet‘s proud history covers nearly 200 remarkable years. This celebrated Champagne, with its signature flowers by Galle, was first made in Epernay in the earliest years of the 19th century. Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and his wife Rose Adélaide Jouët placed their names on a Champagne label that found immediate favor. In 1969 Perrier-Jouet‘s glamorous “Cuvee Belle Epoque” made its debut in Paris at Maxim‘s and Fauchon, and from there went on to captivate the world. As is the case with all of the world’s great wines, Champagne Perrier-Jouet‘s finesse and elegance spring from its vineyards. At the heart of the most prestigious sites in the entire Champagne region, Perrier-Jouet owns more than 67 acres with a 99.2/100 rate on the vineyard scale.
Perrier-Jouët – Maison Belle Epoque
Perrier-Jouet is the first Champagne House to have created dry champagne, which led to the birth of the famous Brut in 1846. A direct descendant of this tradition, the most widely-drunk wine in the world, Grand Brut exemplifies the House style: floral, elegant, and chiseled.
Karolina Kurkova at the Maison Belle Epoque Reopening
Maison Perrier-Jouët, produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvée, approximately 3,000,000 bottles annually, with its prestige label named Belle Epoque. In contrast to “NV” (non-vintage) bottles, a vintage-dated Champagne is produced from a single year’s harvest because of its exceptional quality.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs is the pith of the House vineyard and a standout amongst the most expert articulations of the House style: flower, trendy, precious stone cut. The Blanc de Blancs varietal is made with Perrier-Jouet‘s rarest and most valuable cuvee.
The bottle is a beauty, with gold-etched, white Japanese anemone flowers that echo the highly-stylized, ornamental Art Nouveau fashion of the late 1890s and early 1900s.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE BLANC DE BLANCS 2006
Floral and intricate, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2006 is the expression of a near-perfect growing season; crisp in the mouth, the wine is full and rich with a long, silky finish.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE ROSE CHAMPAGNE 2004
A smooth and finely etched, unobtrusive, and rich wine, with horde flower notes and a long wrap-up. The Cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé 2004 speaks to a mix overwhelmed by the Chardonnays of the Cramant and Avize Grand Crus.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE 2008
The best Champagne from this fabulous vintage released so far. A classic Belle Epoque but at the same time even more elegant than usual with a lovely serious flowery bouquet of orange blossom, magnolia, and lilies of the valley as keynotes in the most perfect of perfumes. The taste is somewhat more acidic than usual where Chardonnay from Avize and Cramant shines bright and clear for the moment with a discreet creamy and yet chalky and powdery emotion that embraces the crispy freshness.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE ROSE CHAMPAGNE 2010
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2010 is a rare and precious vintage rosé champagne, whose pale apricot color belies an extravagant personality characterized by alluring notes of white flowers and small red fruit.
PERRIER JOUET BELLE EPOQUE 2012
One of the more elegant Champagnes of the 2012 vintage, Perrier-Jouët‘s cuvée blends together 50% chardonnay, 45% pinot noir and 5% pinot meunier from five crus—Cramant, Avize, Ay, Mailly and Dizy. Translucent gold in color with radiant emerald hues, this Belle Epoque Brut Champagne offers notes of fresh white flowers, stone, and orchard fruit, as well as lemon zest with a creamy mouthfeel and mineral finish.
PERRIER JOUET GRAND BRUT
Maison Perrier-Jouët became renowned for its brut champagnes, which it was able to produce owing to the fact that its high-quality grapes required very little added sugar – a philosophy maintained to this day.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut champagne epitomises the heritage of Maison Perrier-Jouët. Perpetuating the House’s tradition of brut champagnes. It is a harmonious cuvée in which the luminous notes of Chardonnay are perfectly complemented by Champagne’s two red grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It shows finesse, along with depth to its honey, candied citrus, and mineral flavors. Lovely balance and harmony render it seamless and graceful.
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is the foundation on which Maison Perrier-Jouët built its reputation — a refined and balanced cuvée revealing the floral nuances of Chardonnay. – HERVÉ DESCHAMPS, Chef de caves de la Maison Perrier-Jouët
PERRIER JOUET BLASON ROSE
A blend of wines from the Maison’s best vineyards, Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé combines the elegance and finesse of Chardonnay (25%) with the structure of Pinot Noir (50%) and the fruitiness of Pinot Meunier (25%); combining fruity aromas with subtle floral notes, it is a rich wine with great length and character.