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Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 Champagne
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Chardonnay is the backbone of the Perrier-Jouët style. Requiring time to fully develop, they are typically reductive in character, quite closed and mineral in their youth. Given time to age slowly, their potential is magnificent. After spending ten years under the apprenticeship of his predecessor, Hervé Deschamps became Chef de Caves in 1993, his long tenure guaranteeing the philosophy of this historic House will survive in the continued creation of its unique style.
Cellar Master: Hervé Deschamps
Winery Location: Épernay | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): 2,400,000
In 1902, Emile Gallé designed a unique new bottle to express the vibrancy and spirit of the era. A swirl of Japanese anemones wreathed in gold was painted onto four custom-made magnums. However, this was too expensive for mass production and only became a permanent feature on the bottles from 1969 when the first Belle Epoque cuvée was released.
Weather: The 2002 vintage shaped up magnificently over the spring, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. Then followed a summer marked by long, sunny periods interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The vines were in good health and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. Generally considered one of the best harvests in the last twenty years.
News Article: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002 performed well in our comprehensive Prestige Cuvées from 2002 blind tasting in October 2016 with Jancis Robinson MW. Read the full write-up here.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Cramant: Bourons Leroy, Bourons du Midi
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Tasting Note: A perfect growing season in 2002 created grapes of incredible ripeness. This rare champagne is a pale yellow colour with a stream of fine bubbles. On the nose: hints of lemon and citrus. On the palate: a freshness of tropical fruits and hints of fresh ginger. A tremendous expression of the best vintage in champagne.
Tasted blind. Pale straw. Very steady bead. Tight, dense, tight-knit almost chalky nose. And then a little bit of nuttiness. Perrier Jouët?”
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When Pierre-Nicolas Perrier the uncle of Joseph Perrier, married Adèle Jouët, in 1811, the Perrier Jouët brand was created by adding her maiden name to his. Pierre soon created a healthy export demand for his product, but it was his son, Charles Perrier, who did most to build up the reputation of this Champagne, supplying it to the courts of Napoleon III, King Leopold of the Belgians and Queen Victoria. He built Chateau Perrier opposite Maison Perrier-Jouet in the avenue de Champagne, which is used today as the local library and museum.
Ownership of Perrier-Jouet passed on to Charles Perrier's nephew, Henri Gallice then to Louis Budin who was married to a member of the Gallice family. Louis Budin's son, Michel, took over in 1959, the same year the house was acquired by the Mumm Group. In June 1999 Seagram sold Perrier-Jouet (and Mumm) to a private investment firm who sold it on a few month later to Allied Domecq.
Perrier-Jouet has always been light, elegant and true-brut in style, with heaps of fruit. The amount of Chardonnay in these wines is often thought to be considerably higher than it actually is, because Perrier-Jouet's vineyards in Cramant yield such dominant fruit. Perrier-Jouët was the first Champagne House to display the year of the vintage on its bottles. They also decided that if, as sometimes happens, the harvests do not meet its exacting quality standards, the House would not compromise so they would abandon production and not release a vintage for that year.
Hervé Deschamps became the 7th Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master in 1993. The ten previous years he spent at his predecessor's side helped him master the subtleties of the House style and its unique floral tonality. As a guardian of this knowledge, he turns each cuvée into a unique wine that expresses all the characteristic elegance and finesse of the House of Perrier-Jouët. "I throw myself into each composition with one combined effort, like the creative flow of an artist, at that moment when intuition, sensitivity and skill somehow inexplicably come together." Hervé Deschamps.
Champagne Belle Epoque was Pierre Ernst's idea. Ernst was Michel Budin's associate, and ran the company before Thierry Budin took over. He found a dusty old bottle in a cupboard at Perrier-Jouet. It was the enamel decorated anemones bottle signed by Emile Galle, the great art nouveau glassmaker, who in 1902 designed it . Galle had created the design just two years before his death, to evoke the Gay Nineties, and Ernst thought it would make an ideal bottle to hold a special cuvee to sell through Maxim's . The first vintage to be released in this bottle was the 1964, launched in 1969, and it was indeed sold exclusively through Maxim's and Fauchon, the elite grocery store. In the early 1980 's, Belle Epoque Rose was launched with the 1976 vintage.
The house owns 27 hectares of Grand Cru plots in Cramant. Two that are most precious to the House are Bourons Leroy and Bourons du Midi as both plots contain rare pockets of pure chalk soil. Both combine to create the rare cuvée Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs which is only 1 percent of the total Belle Epoque production. "A unique cuvée, Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs reveals the purity and authenticity of the Perrier-Jouët terroir." Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master.