I found this champagne very nicely balanced. Tastes of a heavy chardonnay influence which I believe I have heard from others and their Belle Epoque has been described to me as being heavily chardonnay. The result is great character and aromatics for a champagne with notes of a fine feminine perfume: lilac,lilly, pear, mature apple. with browned butter, heavy cream, yeasty, hazlenut, with a hint of graphite and flint. wonderfully balanced to me and wonderfully drinkable.
Grapefruits, honey, pears, and white flowers in the nose; green apples, lemon peels, vanilla, and wet pebbles on the palate; the finish, creamy yet a bit short, with noticeable bitter citrus fruits and yeasts; overall, a crisp and refreshing champagne, so 90-91 points.
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(NV Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut) Light yellow color with steady, tiny bubbles; reduction, tart lemon, hazelnut nose; rich, buoyant, mature, almond, tart lemon, mineral, hazelnut palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish
(NV Perrier-Jouët Champagne Grand Brut) Light yellow color; light yeast, tart apple, mineral nose; tasty, yeasty, tart apple, mineral , tart pear palate; medium-plus finish (this must have been from the same disgorgement I tasted back in '09; very good)
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) This cuvée is based on the 2004 vintage, the blend being 25% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and a considerable 45% Pinot Meunier. The dosage is 11 g/l. The nose has some attractive fruit, and a good style follows on with the palate, which has a nice cheesy-biscuity Meunier feel to it. A good, fresh character with a soft mousse and nice structure from the acidity which is fine. I like this.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Current release. Underneath the sulphur there are some sweet white fruits with an apply brightness. This lively show continues on the palate where there is a well defined core of golden fruits, with a fine acidity around it. A good creamy mousse. There is elegance and substance here. My only concern is that sulphur is also detectable on the palate, but I suspect it will dissipate. Very good potential.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Current release. This is fresh, floral, minerally and sherbetty, and this particular bottling is still showing the faintest hint of residual sulphur on the nose also. Very clean on the palate though, with a firm mousse. It has a good, precise, well defined style with good fruit acidity. There is both substance and flavour here, and very good potential.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Current release. A stony, crisp minerality on the nose here. Quite herbal. Unsurprisingly, some sulphur too. Full, soft and creamy on the palate, but nicely crisp with some lovely supporting structure. Very fresh, with good acidity. Should perform well after a year or two in the bottle I think, as it integrates and that sulphur dissipates.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) From two half bottles, with consistent notes. Purchased Summer 2003. Mid gold hue, with a tiny but persistent bead. Simply delightful maturing nose, showing nutty and bready character at first, with notes of apples and sweet biscuits appearing with a little air. Great palate, showing a good blend of fresh acidity and full, developed flavour. Nice, creamy style nevertheless, helped by an elegant, gentle mousse. Coffee-tinged baked apples. Appreciable development since last tasting (July 2005), and deliciously ready now.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) From a half bottle, purchased Summer 2003. Nice golden colour. Maturing nose, showing some nutty, toasty brioche character. Fresh, expansive, broad palate, starting very firm and primary, before the secondary flavours open out on the midpalate, before closing up in a tight ball of acidity. Tight, appealing mousse. Lovely, and it shows the potential of NV cuvées, even in this format, given a cellar with the right conditions. Drink over the next two to three years.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Base vintage 2001, on the market Summer 2005. Very appealing nose. Nutty, complex, intriguing. Rich palate, very fine and persistent mousse. A decent, nutty-sherbetty finish. This is a very good non-vintage cuvée.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) From a half bottle, purchased Summer 2003. Mid gold colour, and a very fine, sparse bead. Lots of interest on the nose, which has the creamy white fruits of youth, but is also showing complex notes of marzipan, lemon meringue and toffee. Full, creamy, with a rich mousse on the palate, although showing firm youthful acidity. Coffee notes in the background. Needs perhaps a year for the acidity to settle, and then should drink very well for a year or two. Obviously standard formats will age differently.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) From a half bottle, purchased Summer 2002. Perrier-Jouët has had a rebrand recently (perhaps this involved a 'focus group'), and both vintage and NV bottles now bear attractive golden, oval labels. Nevertheless recently I've been working my way through a case of halves which bear the old style label, and demonstrate some maturity. I thought it was about time I posted a tasting note. A very pale wine, with the barest touch of white-gold, and a gentle bead. A lovely nose, with lots of autolytic character, and warm, freshly baked biscuit aromas. Elegance on the palate, which has good acidity, fine flavour and a fresh, slightly firm mousse. Coffee notes. NV Champagnes don't come much better than this.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Two bottles tasted within the space of a month or two. The first was purchased Spring 2001. A very pale wine, with a barely present bead. A doughy, apple pie nose. Cracking acidity on the palate though, with a good mousse and creamy texture. More apple and pastry notes, and an unappealing confected, sherbetty character, becoming more prominent towards the finish. The second was a tasting of the NV cuvée on the market at the time of writing (May 2001). Served from a magnum. Tonight the appley and slightly yeasty nose is pleasant but unexciting. A strong, foaming mousse dominates the mouth, less sherbetty than I recall, but still too much for me. Good acidity. Really quite simple for Perrier-Jouët.
(NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut) Two bottles tasted within a few months of each other. The first was purchased in Summer 2000. Light lemon colour, with quite a fine bead. Attractive brioche nose, with light yeasty and citrus aromas. Refreshing palate, with a fine mix of brioche, lightly toasted bread and citrus fruit flavours, and a crisp, clean acidity. The mousse is gives a creamy texture to the wine, and it finishes beautifully. Very elegant. The second was from restaurant stock (
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