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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne 1996
Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne 1996
(search item no. 7383)
collectible wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine News rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1996 vintage was superb for the Champagne region, yielding ripe, balanced, clean fruit with excellent flavors. A blend of approximately half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir this crystal bright, light-bodied Champagne is elegant and distinctive. Opening with aromas of fresh pineapple, lemon and white florals, warming into complex scents of pear. A rich bouquet of white fruits end in subtle notes of honey and vanilla. The bead is intense with brisk effervescence, swirling up into a generous and persistent mousse. It is a balanced, extremely refined wine that, if properly stored, should keep for years, especially if bottled in magnums or jeroboams.

Beyond the toasts and ship launchings, Champagne has a place at every dinner table. The 1996 Fleur de Champagne pairs is the perfect wine to serve with smoked oysters, game hens, delicate Japanese fish dishes, Fettuccini Alfredo or risotto.

After a patient search for a master glassmaker capable of reproducing a bottle with the 1902 Gallé design, Perrier Jouët launched in 1969, its famous "flower bottle" with an arabesque design of anemones. The first bottles of Fleur de Champagne revealed a Champagne of vivacious delicacy, the epitome of the refined and engaging style of the Art Nouveau movement. Since then, it has been the signature Champagne of Perrier Jouët and is considered one of the world's most celebrated Champagnes.

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About Perrier-Jouët:

Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 in Epernay by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife, Adele Jouët. One of the most prestigious houses in Champagne, the firm was shipping wine to Great Britain by 1813 and to the United States by 1837. Perrier-Jouët owns 266 acres of vineyards in Champagne, with an average rating of 95%, and is known worldwide for its consistency of style.

By the end of the 19th Century, its Brut cuvées earned the reputation of nobility and prestige that continues today. Perrier Jouët's glamorous "Cuvée Belle Epoque", known in the United States as Fleur de Champagne, was launched in 1969 and has become the most important cuvée de prestige to appear after World War II. The bottle is adorned with enamel-painted anenomes originally created by Emile Gallé in 1900, but the wine is as famous for its taste as it is for its beautiful packaging.