Champagne Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2012

Champagne Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2012

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Champagne Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque is a subtle wine, the fruit of an astonishing year marked by a very mild winter and an exceptional spring. Light gold with an almost radiant clarity and fine, vibrant bubbles. The nose offers magnolia, honeysuckle and citrus aromas (bergamot, orange, lemon peel) clothed in just-ripe pear and peach notes with a hint of minerality. Bold initial flavours are followed by a wonderfully persistent crystalline freshness, revealing white fruit flavours complemented by notes of almond milk on the finish.

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Vintage: 2012
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Elegance personified
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Drink With: It pairs wonderfully with the salty freshness of seafood, the subtle flavour of tender poultry, or the pure sweetness of lightly sugared fruit desserts

Carefully crafted, the cuvée Belle Epoque 2012 is the fruit of an astonishing year, marked by a very mild winter and an exceptional spring. The temperatures in April, worthy of a summer month, caused the vines to flower early. Although the summer got off to a rainy start with low temperatures for the time of year, the sun’s return in August allowed the grapes to ripen fully, leading to an early harvest and an especially generous vintage.

This unique blend brings out the freshness and elegance of the Chardonnays (50%) from the grands crus of Cramant and Avize. From the Montagne de Reims, the Pinots Noirs (45%) display a generosity and delicate complexity that prolong the Chardonnays’ finesse. Finally, the rounded charm of the Pinots Meuniers (5%) from Dizy provides the finishing touch to this beautifully balanced cuvée. Over six years of ageing in Perrier-Jouët’s cellars and a low dosage (9g/l) further refine the indulgence and sophistication of this great vintage. While preserving the Perrier-Jouët house style, Hervé Deschamps blended this cuvée to emphasise the unique character of the 2012 vintage.

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