THE ART OF CHAMPAGNE AT PERRIER-JOUET
Perrier-Jouët champagne is produced at a traditional vineyard in Epernay, which has a production area spanning 65 hectares. For over 250 years, the grapes have been harvested in September exclusively by hand. And to this very day, perfection remains the house’s top priority. Over the past two centuries there have only ever been seven cellar masters, each of whom has watched over the production of champagne. Their unconditional commitment to quality and their expertise are handed down from generation to generation.
The guardian of good taste and current Chef de Cave, Hervé Deschamps, has been putting his stamp on the wine cellars for more than 20 years. From the month of November, he personally tastes and evaluates every cuvée, and he alone decides which cuvées will go on to contribute to the final blend. Vintage champagnes are only produced using exceptional wines. Once this stage – assemblage – is complete, the wines are ready for bottling. And it is precisely the methods used in this step of the production process that are responsible for his perfect creations.
The Belle Époque, which was characterised by the unrestricted enjoyment of life, was a defining period for the champagne house. To symbolise the Perrier-Jouët’s connection with this period, the artist and a pioneer of the Art Nouveau scene, Émile Gallé, drafted the unique design for the estate’s premium cuvée: the Belle Époque. The anemone petals still adorn every single one of these bottles today. La Maison Perrier-Jouët has been continuously pursuing its quest for perfection and quality ever since 1811.
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