1998 Perrier Jouët "Fleur de Champagne Belle Epoque" Brut Champagne

SKU #1018901 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Toasty aromas abound, and the acidity is well integrated with the fruit and biscuit flavors. Pure brioche and ripeness.  (12/2011)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A youthful 1998, this has dusty scents of limestone along with firm golden apple and white peach flavors. Prominent acidity keeps it compact and racy, a mouthwatering wine for Nantucket Bay scallops.  (12/2006)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep, sweet aromas of ripe apple and pear. Earthy and broad in the mouth, with a subtle hint of minerals. Opens up quickly, taking on musky flavors of yellow plum and baked apple. A rich, powerful, broad-shouldered Champagne that emphasizes power and weight, finishing with an almost Tokaji-like note of earth. (JR)  (11/2005)

Wine Spectator

 Fine ripeness, hinting at pineapple, but squarely in the citrus and apple camp. Chalky and elegant, with a tactile finish. (BS)  (11/2006)

K&L Notes

Not fat and heavy like many of the 1998s in Champagne. Grand cru Chardonnay from the PJ estate in Cramant gives the Fleur its soul, and adds tremendous chalky vivacity to this wine. A perfect gift! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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