Perrier-Jouet Cuvee Belle Epoque Fleur de Champagne 2002
signature floral decoration on the bottle was by Emile Galle (instrumental figure to the "Art Nouveau" movement) in 1902, during the period known as La Belle Epoque (The Beautiful Era)
Founded in 1811, the house currently owns 65 hectares of vineyard, with 99.2% as either Premier or Grand Cru
2002, probably one of the BEST Champagne vintages, rivaling the legendary duo of 95/96
enjoy it fresh now or cellar it for future pleasure
Wine Spectator: 94 "Hints of burnt sugar and toffee accent this bright Champagne, along with notes of apple pie, bread dough, cream and candied lemon peel. There's a fine balance between the wine's finesse and its lively character, with a long, smoke-tinged finish."
IWC: 91 "Light gold. Fresh citrus and pear aromas are complemented by notes of brioche, honey and minerals. Fruit-driven, silky and refreshing, with an undertone of minerals adding lift to the sappy pear and nectarine flavors. Finishes on a brisk note of lemon curd, with very good, gently toasty persistence. I like this wine's balance and sneaky depth."
"White flowers with white and yellow fruit, a delicate, grateful freshness... a perfect expression of Chardonnays from Cramant and Pinot Noirs from Mailly, with a subtle touch of Pinot Meunier that endows the wine with balance and harmany... a floral and stylist, subtle and rich wine with an elegant long finish, that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with a meal of shellfish, seafood or white meat... the ultimate Perrier-Jouet style."