Perrier-Jouët 200th Anniversary Celebrations Continue With the First Vertical Tasting of Belle Epoque in Jeroboams With World’s Leading Wine Experts in Epernay

By Champagne Perrier-jouet, PRNE
Monday, June 20, 2011

EPERNAY, France, June 21, 2011 -


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
th 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

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
French wine author Michel Bettane explained :
Whats interesting with Jeroboams is that the
wine presents better, as the senses are less dominated by the
carbonic gas. One finds more
and greater roundness: I was delighted to discover the wine

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

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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