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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2004
Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 2004
(search item no. 113600)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $149.00

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
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 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:

All the lightness of white floral notes: hawthorn blossom, linden blossom and white clover. A fresh, stylish wine with good structure, silky and elegant, based on the mineral notes of the best Chardonnay Grand Crus. The floral, fruity notes give way to subtle spicy hints for a pleasant finish on the palate.
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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.



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Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava
Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Rose Cava
(search item no. 73471)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $8.99

Winemaker's Notes:

60% Pinot Nior, 40% Trepat

Beautiful scents of raspberry and cherry on the nose with fresh, clean strawberry and cherry flavors in the mouth and a consistent bead. The finish is clean and crisp and invites another sip.

Cristalino Brut Rose Cava is an excellent match for fried appetizers such as calamari or light desserts such as creme brulee. It is also excellent on its own or with fresh fruit.

Did you get a bottle with a gold label rather than this white label? No worries, it's still the same great Cava. Cristalino is undergoing a label change and released some bottles with the original packaging and some with the white label packaging.

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About Jaume Serra Cristalino:

The winery behind Cristalino, Jaume Serra, was founded in 1943 by distinguished enologist Jaume Serra Guell. It is located in the Garraf subdivision of the Denominacion de Origen Penedés, the largest wine growing area in Catalonia. Jaume Serra lies within the “El Padruel” estate in the Mediterranean Coastal town of Vilanova y la Geltru, some 50 kilometers south of Barcelona,. Wine making began on this property in 1947. The winery underwent renovations in 1984 and then again in 1997, after the J. García Carrión family purchased the property.

The white varietals of Parellada, Chardonnay, Macabeo and Xarel-lo are grown in Jaume Serra's vineyards situated in the Alt Penedés, a sub region of the Penedés, and are used to produce the area's famous sparkling wines, called "Cava". By law, Cava must be made in the Methode Champenois or Champagne Method. Due to European regulations prohibiting use of that term, Cava is now labeled as Methode Tradicional, which has the same requirements with an added stipulation that cava must age for a minimum of nine months on the lees before release. After researching local yeasts, the Jaume Serra winery has taken the extraordinary step of importing their yeast from Champagne, France in order to impart the finest quality to their Cavas.