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Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque 1996

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
  • WE 93
  • ST 92
  • wc 92
  • WS 92
  • W&S 90
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Winemaker 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... View More

Critical Acclaim

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

The famous Belle Epoque bottle design is based on a 1902 bottle of Emile Gallé. Today's blend of this prestige cuvée is a fine balance between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, crisp and fresh in a ripe, mature aperitif style. It is lively but complex, showing some toasty flavors to complement the rich, ripe green fruit tastes. Great balance and elegace.

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Very subtle, floral nose combines minerals, nuts and butter. Bright, concentrated and seamless, with lovely harmonious acidity; very smooth for the vintage. At once rich and racy; has weight without being heavy. Finishes long and fine.

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wc 92

WS 92
Wine Spectator

W&S 90
Wine & Spirits


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Perrier-Jouët, Champagne, France - Other regions
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... View More