2004 Perrier Jouët "Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne

SKU #1077728 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This shimmers with its flavors of apple and lime, its hint of toast and its soft finish. It’s finely balanced, a great selection that is ready to drink now.  (12/ 2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid gold. Intense aromas of dried citrus fruits and pear, with deeper peach and honey nuances gaining strength in the glass. Deeply pitched and chewy in texture, offering broad orchard and pit fruit flavors and a hint of bitter citrus zest. Finishes with very good length and energy, leaving buttered toast and lees notes behind. This Champagne seems to be approaching its drinking window.  (11/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant, with lovely texture and focused, lively acidity. Flavors of currant, candied lemon zest, honey and white peach lead to the creamy, biscuit-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019.  (11/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Brut Cuvee Belle Epoque is a graceful, effortless wine. A sweet, floral bouquet melds into expressive fruit in this refreshing, vibrant Champagne. Crisp green pears, jasmine and apples are some of the notes that linger on the crisp, well-articulated finish. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2019.  (11/ 2011)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/17/2013  | Send Email
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Remember those old "don't hate me because I am beautiful" commericals? Well, the Belle Epoque bottlings are kind of like that. Iconic in packaging and yes, beautiful. So beautiful that the contents inside the bottle often get overlooked. In the case of this 2004 release, we have a "beautiful" nose that is delicate with cream, white flowers and stone fruits. In the mouth, peach, green apple, ginger and lemon flavors. Very clean with ample minerality. Sometimes, the prom queen is beautiful inside and out.

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5