Prior to visiting Perrier Jouet I knew very little about the style of Perrier Jouet apart of course from the famous Anenome bottle that Belle Epoque comes in. Owned by the vast drinks empire that is Pernod Ricard, Perrier Jouet probably suffers in the UK market from not being one of the big brands but being owned and therefore distributed by one of the biggest companies. I think this leads to a degree of disconnect with consumers and the wine trade in general because whereas LVMH have a drinks division that not only look after brands such as Moet or Veuve Clicquot but also they are the big thing for a lot of their distribution, Perrier Jouet is relatively small fry in the Pernod stable. That said, what a house to have!
Grand Brut NV
Made with approx 10 g/l dosage 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay
Quite a beguiling aroma on the nose with lovely perfume, citrus and brioche notes. Lots of up front fruit, clean and pure with good length. It has lovely texture and fragrance and although quite stylish it is quite an ‘obvious’ fruity wine – presumably from the high Pinot Noir content. Soft juicy and refreshing. I was quite suprised at the high Meunier content and low Chardonnay content given the ‘house style’ (the stated one) is Chardonnay strong. 89 Points.
Belle Epoque 2006
50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier
A very complex nose, really concentrated and intense. Perfumed and intensely fruity this is still clearly a baby but there is some level of maturation in the wine. Mineral notes back up the expressive fruit. Long on the finish with real precision and focus. 92 Points
Belle Epoque Rose’ 2004
Ok so I struggle a little with some vintage rose’ Champagne, I think it’s because I’m looking for youthful fresh red fruit aromas rather than aged autolytic character in my pink wines. But this is done really quite well indeed. Intense and very fresh – lots of elegant citrus fruit with bright redcurrant and strawberry fruit. 91 points.
Photos thanks to Jon Marlow