2013 Perrier-Jouet 'Belle Epoque' Brut Champagne
A pale, translucent gold, with radiant clarity and subtle glints of apple green. An impression of freshness and delicacy, with distinctive aromas of white fruit and flowers. An exceptional combination of freshness and finesse.
Subtle aromas of cooked apples and minerals with chalk and salt. Brioche, too. Full-bodied with a beautiful center palate of strawberry tart, apple pie and some cream. Bright and refined with a long, persistent finish.
This vintage of the iconic brand, with its flowery Belle Epoque bottle, is ready to be popped. The high dosage has transformed into mature toastiness, while ripe white fruits still give freshness.
There's a sense of equilibrium to this graceful Champagne, with a bright spine of acidity easily transitioning the focus to flavors of poached apricot, lemon curd, toasted brioche and ground ginger, then transitioning again on the finish where the finely creamy mousse and subtle hint of smoky mineral hold sway. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Drink now through 2031. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.