Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2013
The eye: A pale, translucent gold, with radiant clarity and subtle glints of apple green. The nose: Fresh and delicate, with distinctive aromas of white fruit and flowers. The palate: An exceptional combination of freshness and finesse.
This vintage of the iconic brand, with its flowery Belle Epoque bottle, is ready to be popped. The high dosage has transformed into mature toastiness, while ripe white fruits still give freshness.
There's a sense of equilibrium to this graceful Champagne, with a bright spine of acidity easily transitioning the focus to flavors of poached apricot, lemon curd, toasted brioche and ground ginger, then transitioning again on the finish where the finely creamy mousse and subtle hint of smoky mineral hold sway. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Drink now through 2031. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,500 cases imported.