Grape(s): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Localization: Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: A pale, translucent gold, with radiant clarity and subtle glints of apple green. One the nose, fresh and delicate, with distinctive aromas of white fruit and flowers. On the palate, an exceptional combination of freshness and finesse.
Wine Advocate: Charming and expressive, bursting from the glass with aromas of crisp yellow orchard fruit, pear, white flowers, and subtle hints of buttered toast. Medium and full-bodied, elegant and fine-boned, its pretty core of fruit is girdled by succulent acids concluding with a delicately chalky finish.
Food Pairing: This prestigious cuvée pairs naturally with noble ingredients: king prawns with creamy polenta, sole meunière, Parmesan or Comté cheese.
The Domain: Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët. One of the most prestigious houses in Champagne, the firm was shipping wine to Great Britain by 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Perrier-Jouët owns 266 acres of vineyards in Champagne, with an average rating of 95%, and is known worldwide for its consistency of style.
By the end of the 19th Century, its Brut cuvées earned the reputation of nobility and prestige that continues today. Perrier Jouët's glamorous "Cuvée Belle Epoque", known in the United States as Fleur de Champagne, was launched in 1969 and has become the most important cuvée de prestige to appear after World War II. The bottle is adorned with enamel-painted anenomes originally created by Emile Gallé in 1900, but the wine is as famous for its taste as it is for its beautiful packaging.