Perrier-Jouët, Champagne Brut Belle Epoque

AVAILABLE BY SPECIAL ORDER, MAY REQUIRE UP TO ONE WEEK 

Style:  Brut            Vintage: 2012            ABV: 12.5% 

Appellation: Champagne             Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Region: Champagne                         County:  France

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut champagne is an icon of the House, the original Belle Epoque Brut cuvée is adorned with the legendary spray of Japanese white anemones created by Emile Gallé in 1902. Produced only in years when, in the judgment of Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps, the seasons have aligned perfectly, it is a captivating demonstration, not only of the art of blending, but also of the exceptional quality of the Perrier-Jouët vineyard. Testifying to the rarity of this cuvée, less than 30 vintages of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut champagne have been produced to date.

THE VINTAGE

A mild winter was followed by a cool, wet spring which resulted in the late blooming of the vines between 16th and 21st June 2012. The summer was hot and bathed in sunshine from mid-July all the way until the end of the harvest, favouring the maturity of the grapes. The rain only returned at the end of the harvest period. These excellent conditions produced an ideal balance between sugar and acidity, resulting in a wine of exceptional harmony, with great energy, character and potential.

THE EYE

A pale, translucent gold, with radiant clarity and subtle glints of apple green.

THE NOSE

Distinctive notes of white flowers combine with white peaches, crisp pears and lemon. 

THE PALATE

Freshness prevails, releasing a beautiful harmony.

THE STORY OF THE BOTTLE

Brothers Henri and Octave Gallice became Perrrier-Jouët directors following the death of Charles Perrier in 1878. Both of the brothers were art lovers, but while Henri managed the family business in Épernay, Octave spent much of this time in Paris, sharing in the excitement of the "Belle Epoque" those heady years at the start of the 20th century when France was swept along by whirlwind progress in science and arts. In the capital, he met Emile Gallé, one of the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement, the revolutionary artistic expression of the period. At the brother's request, Emile Gallé created a design for Maison Perrier-Jouët, drawing on his own passion for botany to imagine a spray of Japanese white anemones. Four magnums enamelled with this delicate motif were delivered in 1902, becoming the iconic emblem, not only of the prestigious Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque cuvée, but of Maison Perrier-Jouët itself.