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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1999
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1999
(search item no. 91101)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
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
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 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 1999 Fleur de Champagne is a Brut wine, composed of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier grapes. The blend contains a high proportion of Chardonnay that comes from the grand crus of the Côte des Blancs. Pinot Noir originating from the 100-percent-rated villages of Mailly, Verzenay and Verzy in the Montagne de Reims combine with the Chardonnay to create a delicate cuvée. The cold, frostless winter of 1999, coupled with a moderate spring and cool August, were perfect weather conditions, resulting in an excellent harvest.

Color: Pale gold

Bouquet: The wine shows hints of floral and fruit aromas, opening with white flowers and a touch of honey, ending with a hint of brioche.

Palate: The palate is crisp and clean, with hints of almond and nougat. While the cuvée is light and elegant, it has a surprisingly long finish.

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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.