Friday night means something great by the glass – 2005 & 2006 Perrier-Jouët ‘Belle Epoque Rosé’.

As the champagne bar is often frequented we change the house champagne every fortnight. These weeks focus a little more on this producer. For example, we serve the current cuvée préstige per glass during these weeks. This represented the most famous and influential champagne houses and the most publicized growers.

Belle Epoque Range

Epernay | Champagne | France | swedish importer Pernod-Ricard | SBnr 87429 retail price SEK 2 124

TASTING NOTE ‘Belle Epoque Rosé is one of the greatest rosé Champagnes. The wine has a personal style and the ’05 is no exception. Lovely orange color. Broad, deep nose of mature, musty Pinot Noir, with uplifting tones of fruit and caramel. Meaty, classic strawberry fruit with hints of orange and coffee. Superb elegance.‘ Björnstierne points 92(96)

Epernay | Champagne | France | swedish importer Pernod-Ricard | SBnr 87429 retail price SEK 2 124

TASTING NOTE ‘Extraordinary elegant and at the same time packed with red fruit. Creamy, intense beauty that sad to say lures you in to consuming this Champagne way to early!  RJ points 90(95)

Belle Epoque Brut Rosé 2002

RJ ON PERRIER-JOUËT This domain was established in 1811 by Pierre-Nicholas-Marie Perrier-Jouët. The company became famous under its nickname P-J under the leadership of his son Charles. In 1950 Mumm bought a majority shareholding in the company and the domain became part of the Canadian Seagram Group. The domain was owned for a time by Allied Domecq who, as soon as they took over, alarmingly dug up large portions of the domain’s fine old vines at Cramant.

Michel Budin, who led the firm up until the 1980s, was a great admirer of Art Nouveau and opened a Belle Epoque museum in 1990, twenty years after launching the cuvée de prestige of the same name. Nowadays the company is owned by Pernod-Ricard. Jean-Marie Barillere is president at present and Hervé Deschamps is chef du cave. Belle Epoque has become a great success everywhere, and the Americans in particular have fallen for the flower-bedecked bottle.

The domain owns 108 hectares at seven villages, and the other 65 per cent of the grapes are purchased from forty villages. The most important village is Cramant, where the firm owns twenty-nine hectares of the very best slopes. In contrast to other big domains, the heritage has been managed well. The vines are very old and produce fantastic grapes that can dominate an entire cuvée, even if their proportion is small, and the delicate domain-style is very dependent on these Chardonnay grapes.

The vintage wine is a roasted classic, and both the Belle Epoque wines are a great source of joy to the romantic wine lover. The 1985 Belle Epoque Rosé was voted as the foremost rosé of all time at the Millennium Tasting. The aroma of the white 99 is somewhat feeble as yet, but very compact and coherently focused. The fruitiness is impressive and the vintage style reminds one not a little of the 89. The new Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs is exquisitely mellow and caressing with a colossal syrupy intensity made up of sweet basic tones that are at the same time lifted by lemon and juiciness. Sensual and fascinating. A 1998 Belle Epoque magnum was our engagement champagne at Lake Luzern in May 2012.

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