TORONTO, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - As part of its 200th anniversary festivities, the House of Perrier-Jouët welcomed on the
16th and 17th some of the world's leading champagne experts for an
exclusive vertical tasting of its prestigious cuvee Belle Epoque in the
most celebratory of formats: the Jeroboam.
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Following Perrier-Jouët's historic 2009 tasting which included the
world's oldest champagne Perrier-Jouët 1825 Vintage, Chef de Caves
Hervé Deschamps was keen to explore a different dimension of the
House's cellars through a jeroboam tasting of 9 outstanding House
vintages dating back to 1975, the year Perrier-Jouët introduced vintage
champagne in jeroboam.
Hervé Deschamps explains: "the jeroboam is the traditional symbol of celebration in Champagne and our 200th anniversary was the perfect occasion to explore how these great vintages
have evolved in larger bottles. Jeroboams offer an exceptional but
slightly different experience from standard bottles, as a lower
pressure together with a longer ageing on the lees gives rise to a more
intense and richer aromatic wine."
After toasting the Perrier-Jouët 's bicentenary with a glass of the
legendary 1911 vintage in magnum, guests were served jeroboams of Belle
Epoque 1998, 1996, 1995, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1982, 1978, and 1975. The
blend of these Cuvees remained the same, true to the Perrier-Jouët's
signature style, made of 50% Chardonnay from Grands Crus as Cramant &
Avize, 45% of Pinot Noir from Mailly, Verzy, Verzenay and 5% Pinot
Meunier from Dizy.
British wine expert Serena Sutcliffe MW commented: "I was in heaven, I love matured wines and some of them in jeroboam
format still have a great future ahead of them" whilst French wine author Michel Bettane explained : "What's interesting with Jeroboams is that the wine presents better, as
the senses are less dominated by the carbonic gas. One finds more 'vinosity' and greater roundness: I was delighted to discover the wine itself."
The 1985 and 1975 vintages were hailed as highlights; with the jeroboam
of Belle Epoque 1985 recorded by one expert as "simply sensational with a long life ahead" and the 1975 vintage described as "the ultimate expression and achievement of Belle Epoque; mellow,
harmonious, and with an incredible sweetness."
During the course of the two-day private event, guests were also treated
to a sumptuous champagne-paired gala dinner, devised by acclaimed
French chef Jean-Louis Nomicos and Michel Dubois, chef of the
prestigious Maison Belle Epoque, who together recreated the 1911
Perrier-Jouët Centenary Menu to complement a range of more recent
Perrier-Jouët gems. These included the exceptional Belle Epoque 1998 in
magnum, the cuvee de grande garde at the heart Perrier-Jouët Bi-Centenaire, the world's first "Living Legacy Champagne", which was
unveiled in Paris this March.
All the champagnes tasted were the creation of André Baveret and Hervé
Deschamps, only the sixth and seventh cellar masters respectively in
the 200-year history of Perrier-Jouët and their achievement in
balancing perfectly the diversity of each vintage's individual
character with Perrier-Jouët signature style, as a tribute of an
expertise passed on over two centuries.
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