In his desire to keep his English clients satisfied, the then Cellar Master decided to significantly reduce the amount of sugar in his cuvées and thus unveil the finesse of his compositions. And so was born the first Brut champagne, the world’s most frequently tasted champagne. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is a direct heir of this tradition.
Today, Hervé Deschamps, the House’s 7th Cellar Master, pursues this same quest for excellence and has made it his personal mission to uphold the heritage, recreating the Perrier-Jouët style with each cuvée, a balance of charm and elegance. In the tradition of creative craftsmanship that is the hallmark of the House, the Cellar Master composes each wine in its entirety separately, following his sudden intuitions, making each cuvée a unique work of art.
For the first Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, the composition is 40% based on the vinosity and the structure of the pinot noir from the grands crus and premiers crus of the Mailly, Verzy, Aÿ and Rilly-la Montagne terroirs. Noble and subtle, these pinot noirs bring out the fruitiness of the charming and generous meuniers of the Dizy, Damery, Venteuil or Vincelles and Vinay terroirs (40% of the composition).
Finally the chardonnays of the grand crus of Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil and Chouilly, which make up 20% of the composition, lend an added touch of freshness and minerality. To attain the perfection demanded by Perrier-Jouët the bottles are kept for three years in the House’s chalk cellars, located under the Avenue de Champagne, the historic heart of the label of origin.
Colour: A pale and sparkling yellow robe, suggestive of vivacity.
Nose: It is delicate, elegant and balanced. The notes of cherry plum, lemon and bergamot orange emerge first, then the flowers of fruit trees, followed by notes of butter, madeleine cakes and vanilla sugar aromas.
Palate: Ampleness and vivacity are balance out in the mouth, developing into a flavour of round and vinous elegance.
History of Perrier-Jouët
At Maison Perrier-Jouët, the history of champagne began over 200 years ago. The House was founded by two independent-minded free spirits who shared a passion for art and nature – and a bold vision for champagne. The House has stayed true to this founding philosophy of creative freedom and an unconventional observation of nature ever since.
Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adélaïde Jouët shared a love of nature and the arts. She was a cultured young woman from a Norman merchant family; he a masterful vintner and botanist. A year after their wedding, in 1811 they founded Maison Perrier-Jouët: born of their desire to create a Champagne House with a difference.
The Perrier-Jouët Classic collection comprises Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé. These refined champagnes with delicate floral notes epitomise the House’s 200-year expertise in the art of blending. Their timeless elegance is reflected in the bottle’s distinctive slender neck and rounded shoulders.