Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Brut 2011
While preserving the House style, Herve Deschamps blended this Cuvee to emphasise the unique character of the 2011 vintage. His blend brings out the freshness and elegance of the Chardonnays (50%) from the grand crus of Cramant and Avize. From the Montagne de Reims, the Pinot Noir (45%) display a generosity and delicate complexity that prolong the Chardonnays’ finesse. Finally, the rounded charm of the Pinot Meunier (5%) from Dizy provides the finishing touch to this beautifully balanced cuvee.
An invigorating wine that balances liveliness with refinement. It comes from a grape harvest marked by an exceptionally warm spring, followed by a cool summer that was accompanied by abundant rainfall. Due to the mild winter and hot spring, the grapes ripened prematurely, and the early harvest – at the end of August – led to a balanced and structured wine with astonishing freshness.
On the eye: Translucent gold of radiant clarity with fresh, subtle glints of green. Fine and persistent bubbles.
On the nose: Floral, with acacia and lime-blossom flowers, complemented by slight honey notes. The fresh aromas of almond, white peach and pear are then enveloped in candied citrus peel notes.
On the palate: The wine displays a bold attack that develops into wonderfully persistent freshness revealing white fruit aromas, followed by a mineral finish.
The lively and refined cuvee Belle Epoque 2011 enhances the crisp saline freshness of shellfish, the subtle flavour of tender poultry and the authenticity of lightly sweetened fruit desserts.