A perfect harmony between the character of an exceptional 2004 and the quintessence of the floral, sleek and diamond-cut style that is the House's hallmark.
An unusual bottle designed in 1902 by Emile Gallé, one of the most famous designers of the Art Nouveau movement. A spiralling swirl of Japanese anemones, echoing the floral style of Perrier-Jouët – a genuine homage to nature as a source of inspiration. The Belle Epoque and its iconic anemone have remained resplendent down the generations, evidence of a link that's constantly renewed between the House and Art Nouveau.
True to the artistic spirit of the House, Hervé Deschamps, the 7th Cellar Master to craft the prestige cuvées of Perrier-Jouët, oversees the making of each Belle Epoque vintage like a unique work of art, achieving the blend in one combined effort and ensuring maximum finesse and elegance. The wines are selected one by one, in a precise and harmonious blend, carefully preserving the nuances of each. The Belle Epoque reflects the multitude of their aromas with elegance and delicateness.
In 2004, Mother Nature proved particularly generous. The freshness of late June provoked a long-lasting blossom. After an uneven summer (dry and moderately hot July, mediocre August), the near-heatwave of September created the conditions for an exceptional maturity. At the end of the month, the grapes had achieved a fine balance between sugar and acidity. The quality of the musts suggested an excellent vintage was to come. The wines that emerged did not belie this impression, particularly those from the chardonnay grands crus, which were a resounding success.
Hervé Deschamps oversaw the blending of this cuvée in such a way as to achieve a perfect balance between the profile of the vintage and the Perrier-Jouët style. 50% of the composition was made up of chardonnays, providing freshness and floral top notes, from the Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger, Oger wines, while pinot noir grapes, with their generosity, suppleness and notes of fresh fruit, accounted for 45%, from the Mailly, Aÿ, Ambonnay and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ vines; with the remaining 5% coming from pinot meunier, contributing aromas of mature fruits, roundness and balance from the Dizy and Venteuil wines.
As time passed, this polished blend developed an exceptional aromatic richness.
Food Pairing Notes
A white floral bouquet, for a sensation of airy and silky freshness, perfect with seafood flavours or the fondant harmony of foie gras.
In 1902, Emile Gallé designed a delicate spray of anemones to be engraved on the prestigious cuvées of Perrier-Jouët Champagnes. The House has remained loyal to this artistic heritage ever since. The same tradition gave rise to Beauting: a vision of gastronomy which embraces Beauty and Good Food, turning each dish into a work of art, in perfect harmony with each cuvée. A unique sensory experience and a feast for the eye and the palate alike.
The silky freshness of the Belle Epoque 2004 is a perfect match for the salty flavour of sole, coupled with the sweetness of melt-in-the-mouth mango and garden peas, scented with the freshness of lemongrass.
Or just as perfectly with the fondant harmony of foie gras, enhanced with the unexpected flavours of tonka beans, diced pineapple or the freshness of little golden raisins or blanched spinach leaves.