Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2010
True to the free, bohemian spirit of Maison Perrier-Jouët, Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé is a resolutely original champagne which combines rarity with the ability to surprise. Crafted only in exceptional years and produced in limited quantities, it typically blends Pinot Noir from Ay, Mailly, Verzy and Rilly with Chardonnay from the finest terroirs in Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil. The richness of Pinot Noir is complemented by the floral elegance of Chardonnay, which provides the touch of finesse characteristic of Maison Perrier- Jouët. Finally, Pinot Meunier grapes from Dizy contribute their rounded, aromatic character.
The winter of 2010 was relentless, and was followed by a hot spring and summer. August brought abundant rainfall, and more rain during the harvest undermined the quality of the grapes. Maison Perrier-Jouët undertook a rigorous selection and devoted the best of the harvest to Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé, a cuvée whose style was favoured by the conditions, and the only one for which it declared a vintage. Characterised by remarkable vinosity, this is thus a particularly rare cuvée from one of the few champagne houses to produce a 2010 vintage.
On the eye: A pale apricot color shot through with bright glints, and alive with fine and constant bubbles.
On the nose: Pronounced, fragrant aromas of white flowers and wild strawberry.
On the palate: A wonderfully fresh and lively wine with a long, lingering finish.