Perrier-Jouët, Grand Brut Épernay

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

A blend of more than fifty crus across AOC Champagne.  40% PN from the Montagne de Reims, 40% Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne, 20% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.  Base vintage plus 20% reserve wines.  Full malo.  Dosage: 8 – 11 g/l.

July 2014

Disgorged February 9 2012.

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

July 2013

Disgorged November 25 2011.

Yellow-gold.  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

Disgorged November 2002.

Gold.  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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