Perrier Jouet, Belle Epoque 2012
"A linear Champagne, focused by racy acidity. The fine mousse and hints of whole-grain toast and marzipan enrich the flavors of Asian pear, oyster shell and verbena to create a harmonious impression overall. Drink now through 2025.
Perrier-Jouët was established in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier, adding the maiden name of his wife, Ad le Jouët, to name the house. They established themselves in the town of Épernay, and set about building up their brand and exploring foreign markets; by 1815 they were already exporting wine to England, and within a few more years they added the USA to their list of export destinations. Such success obviously led to a greater demand for their wines, and the family were soon acquiring or planting new vineyards in Aÿ, Avize, Cramant, Mailly and elsewhere. Many were planted with Chardonnay, bringing a delicacy to the Perrier-Jouët style, a style said to have been favoured by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie, and a trait that can still be found in the wines of Perrier-Jouët today.
Crafted from a delicate blend of Chardonnay’s elegance and Pinot Noir’s full fruit notes, there is balance in the finely judged dosage. Cellared for six years in deep cellars, this vintage holds fine aromas of white fruits, followed by floral notes of hawthorn and acacia, rounded by citrus aromas and a hint of vanilla. This initial impression on the palate is intense, yet it is a delicate wine with a fine balance between structure and acidity giving harmony and elegance.