Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut Épernay Non Vintage

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

July 2014

40 Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay.  Disgorged February 9 2012.

Limpid pale.  Plenty of sappy dry-extract: medium-full+ concentration.  Grassy: fresh timothy hay and fennel frond.  Poised yet extroverted character.  A penetrating PJ Grand Brut.  From 2016.

July 2013

40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay.  Disgorged November 25 2011.

Water pale color.  A starched immaturity to this NV.  White herbal fruit, verdurous and silvery-cool.  Talc-dusted finish, quite long for PJ, the epitome of measured, graceful welterweights.  Still a fawn: this Perrier-Jouët still needs time to find its legs.  From 2015.

May 2013

40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier; 20% Chardonnay. Disgorged November 2002.

Pale gold color.  An organic, lacy green nose: orchard and citrus fruit, lissome fern, white clover.  Lambent and refined on the palate, medium-full body: mutsu apple, meyer lemon, distilled almond.  Full, persistent bead; nervy, brisk mousse that builds to some creaminess.  Cleansing, dry seltzer acidity.  Slow food non-vintage champagne; this PJ Grand Brut has just gotten better with age.  Now – 2016.

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut #6

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