January 11, 2024

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV Champagne AOC

Who makes it?

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut is the typical access wine for this fine Champagne house. It is a Champagne House that most fizz lovers will recognise from the Belle Epoque wine. The iconic Champagne in the ‘flower’ bottle. The design with Japanese anemone flowers, is a Emile Galle creation. Emile designed the Belle Epoque bottle in 1902.

The Champagne house was started, unsurprisingly, by wine grower and maker Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adelaide Jouët. Together they started Perrier-Jouet in 1811. In 1959, GH Mumm brought PJ, Perrier Jouet, into their stable of Champagne. Through various mergers, the brand has come into Pernod Ricard’s stable. 

How do they make it?

This is a wine to drink fresh. It is bold in fruit while retaining freshness. To this end, it is a blend that is red grape dominant. Equal measures of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier (40% each) and the rest is Chardonnay. The dosage of this wine depends on the vintage. However, don’t be surprised to find that it is around 8 grams per litre. It historically was a lower dosage Champagne, I believe.  For a non vintage champagne, it has extended lees contact. Usually Perrier Jouet Grand Brut spends around 3 to 4 years on its lees. 

What does it taste like?

The aromas of the Grand Brut brings to mind strawberries, scones and cream with lemon and some light cinnamon notes. It is dry and it is undoubtedly refreshing. In the palate, the wine is detailed with some additional lemon curd and toast.  And those flavours last for a long time. Well into the next sip. There is a lushness to the finish and which balances well with the softer acid. 

What to drink it with?

This is a finer style of Champagne and you can enjoy it with food or just by itself. Appetisers will be perfect. However, so too will be a lightly spiced chicken dish, or buttery fish dish. Certainly, you can throw in some toasted almonds for added interest.

Cheese

An elegant fizz such as this is a classic match for a white bloomy cheese. Champages traditionally match Brie.

Quickie review « Perrier Jouet is an elegant and creamy Champagne. It is reliably so while retaining its vibrancy.»

Country of Origin:  Champagne, France
Tasting Date: 
October 2023
Price:  UK £50 | €46 | AU$88  | US$50
Drink: now – 3 years 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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