Perrier Jouët "Grand Brut" Champagne
Elegant and finely balanced, with a subtle vein of smoky minerality underscoring juicy poached apple, candied lemon zest, gingersnap and honey notes. A fine aperitif. Drink now through 2016.
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(40% pinot meunier, 35% pinot noir and 25% chardonnay; L1581302156): Light yellow, with a faint reflection of green. Lemon, lime and fresh pear on the spice-tinged nose. Dry and nervy, offering tangy citrus fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper. Shows good clarity and bite on the finish, which leaves a bitter quinine note behind. On the tight side for this bottling and well-suited to simply adorned or even raw fish and shellfish.
*Best Buy* In the elegant style of Perrier-Jouët, this is rich and stylish, showing attractive toast, with a touch of sweet apple. This standard nonvintage has some richness, while maintaining its strong, fresh quality.