2002 Perrier-Jouët "Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne (Previously $125)
94 points Wine Spectator: "Hints of burnt sugar and toffee accent this bright Champagne, along with notes of apple pie, bread dough, cream and candied lemon peel. There's a fine balance between the wine's finesse and its lively character, with a long, smoke-tinged finish. Better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2024." (11/10) 91 points Stephen Tazner's IWC: "Light gold. Fresh citrus and pear aromas are complemented by notes of brioche, honey and minerals. Fruit-driven, silky and refreshing, with an undertone of minerals adding lift to the sappy pear and nectarine flavors. Finishes on a brisk note of lemon curd, with very good, gently toasty persistence. I like this wine's balance and sneaky depth." (Nov/Dec 10) 90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Are delicate and full-bodied contradictions? Not here, with this ripe, red-fruit-flavored wine, which still creeps delicately around the palate. From its just pink color to its soft, yet still crisp aftertaste, this is a well-balanced wine, which could probably age well for 2-3 years." (12/30/2007) A half bottle of this luxury Champagne may be just what the doctor ordered in light of the global financial crisis and all the other bad news of late. It is a blend of the best pinot noir and the best chardonnay grapes to which this historic Champagne house has access. Drink now with someone you love or, better yet, someone you lust after!