Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2002

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Description & Technical Information
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Perrier-Jouët own twenty-seven hectares of Grand Cru plots in the Chardonnay-dominant village of Cramant. The 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. The prestige cuvée, Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs, is a unique blend of grapes from both of these very rare vineyards: an exclusive champagne that represents just one percent of the total Belle Epoque production.

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.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Cramant: Bourons Leroy, Bourons du Midi
Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

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.
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Expert Reviews
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged 31 October 2012. RS 8 g/l. From Jouët's UK stock.
Tasted blind. Pale straw. Very steady bead. Tight, dense, tight-knit almost chalky nose. And then a little bit of nuttiness. Perrier Jouët?”
92/100
Josh Raynolds
“Pale gold. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit aromas are lifted by chalky minerals and white flowers. On the palate, pliant orange and pear flavors are underscored by a gingery nuance and a hint of bitter lemon zest. Fleshes out on the sappy finish, which hangs on with strong smoky persistence. ”
90/100
Essi Avellan MW
“It is tough to assess this one as there are so many light-struck bottles around. I guess the bottle is considered such a beauty that people discard the box, which is a big mistake. Really powerful, ripe Chardonnay expression in the best bottles. It still comes with a slight vegetal touch. Zesty, linear, reserved palate. Dry and mineral. Hard to judge yet, too young to be opened. Patience is a virtue, but it is likely the regular Belle Epoque will still end up being superior to the blanc de blancs.”
94/100
Wine Spectator
“This elegant wine shows beautiful precision in its texture, with harmonious notes of lemon blossom, patisserie apple, vanilla-tinged brioche and savoury minerals. Lovely for its subtlety and overall grace. Drink now through 2025.”
91/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Belle Epoque is a striking Champagne endowed with considerable power and richness in its exuberant fruit. The wine blossoms on the plate with tons of richness and a broad, expansive voice to the fruit that is quite beautiful. A long, creamy finish layered with tropical fruit rounds things out nicely. This is easily one of the most memorable Champagnes I have tasted from Perrier-Jouet in some time.”
92/100
Robert Parker
“The 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Belle Époque is a striking champagne endowed with considerable power and richness in its exuberant fruit. The wine blossoms on the palate with tons of richness and a broad, expansive voice to the fruit is quite beautiful. A long creamy finish layered with tropical fruit rounds things out nicely. This is easily one of the most memorable champagnes I have tasted from Perrier-Jouët in some time. Anticipated maturity: 2011/2022.”
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