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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne with Gift Box 2000
Perrier-Jouet Fleur de Champagne with Gift Box 2000
(search item no. 98492)
collectible wine

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $72.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 The Wine News rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The robe touches on an intense yellow. The first bouquet develops floral and fruity aromas, such as magnolia or a hint of candied lemon. These are the Grand Cru Chardonnays of Cramant and Avize, markers of the Perrier-Jouët style, expressing themselves freely. The bouquet is deliciously flattering. The attack is forthright and fresh, without being aggressive, before developing a full and generous sensation in the mouth: this is when we speak of the charm of Fleur de Champagne. Like a symphony, these are the horns that we hear as they appear in the background: we thus turn to the Grand Cru Pinot Noirs of the north of Montagne de Reims with notes of fruit compote, centred around yellow fruits, avoiding heaviness. We are in the north, which means that the Pinot Noirs ripened more slowly than the thundering Pinots of the south of the Montagne. A generous presence in the mouth, vinosity of the blend… These are the results of maturity, such as honey, almond or toasty and grilled notes, announcing exceptional length. Once again, this is the signature of seven years of ageing in the cellars.

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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.