2007 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque - Reims Brut - 1 Magnum (1.5L)

Description
2007 Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque - Reims Brut - 1 Magnum (1.5L)
Vintage Champagne - France - 93/100 Parker


Belle Epoque 2007 is a crystalline vintage whose subtlety and generosity highlight the precision of the Perrier-Jouët style. It is an epicurean wine.
[Hervé Deschamps, Cellar Master]

Tasting Notes:
To the eye; a light gold colour with an almost radiant clarity and a fine, vibrant bubbles. On the nose - magnolia, honeysuckle and citrus aromas (bergamot orange, lemon peel) clothed in just-ripe pear and peach notes with a hint of minerality.

On the palate; a wonderfully persistent crystalline freshness follows the bold attack, revealing white-fruit flavours complemented by notes of almond milk.

Serving:
The sophisticated, generous character of the cuvée Belle Epoque 2007 pairs wonderfully with the salty freshness of seafood, tender poultry's subtle flavours and the purity of lightly sugared fruit desserts. Ideally served at 10-12°C, this cuvée can provide mouth-watering matches to delight the eye and palate in equal measure: Beauting by Perrier-Jouët.

Vintage 2007:
The cuvée Belle Epoque 2007 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.

Blending:
While preserving the House style, Hervé Deschamps blended this cuvée to emphasise the unique character of the 2007 vintage. His 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' ageing in Perrier-Jouët's cellars and a low dosage (9 grams per litre) further refine the generosity and sophistication of this great vintage.

Background Information:
For over two centuries, Maison Perrier-Jouet has continually pursued its quest for quality. 1811 is not just a legendary vintage, it is also the year that Nicolas Perrier, the son of winegrower, Adèle Jouët, the daughter of a family of wine merchants, went on to create a major champagne House. The combination of tradition, "terroir", know-how, and a love of work created a champagne with elegance and finesse.

Lying in the heart of the champagne region, Perrier-Jouet owns 65 hectares rating 99.2% on the quality scale (100% being the optimum). This means that each vineyard parcels is classified almost exclusively as Grand Cru.

The Chardonnay grape, floral and almost feminine in its elegance and finesse, is the signature variety of Perrier-Jouet's vineyards, with a strong showing of mature vines (23 years old on average). The holdings take in a homogenous terroir of Chardonnay vineyards some 40 hectares in area within the legendary Grands Crus of Cramant and Avize. Two parcels enjoy almost mythical status - Bourrons Leroy and Bourrons du Midi.

From its early days, the House of Perrier-Jouet has made champagne in small quantities with a "limited edition" approach. Like master craftsmen handing down the secrets of their trade from father to son, the seven Chefs de Cave over two centuries have placed quality before quantity.

They have also managed to conserve the House's historical treasures in the shape of its early vintages, such as the Perrier-Jouet 1825, the oldest left in Champagne today. Hervé Deschamps, the current Cellar Master and guardian of this heritage, is a natural upholder of this creative philosophy.

There is a small cut in the capsule of the cork as can be seen in the pictures. This doesn’t influence the quality of the Champagne.

Lot details
Object/ Type
Vintage Champagne
Vintage
2007
Producer, Name of wine
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
Classification
Brut
Number of bottles
1
Bottle size
Magnum (1.5L)
Country
France
Region
Reims
Fill Level
Burgundy/Champagne/Flute bottle type, high fill level
Label Condition
Fully intact, readable label
Capsule/Cork condition
Slightly corroded/ cut or cracked capsule
Critic Score
93/100 Parker
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