The 2000 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvee Belle Epoque reveals good varietal definition in its aromas and flavors. This mid-weight Champagne emerges from the glass with bright citrus notes in a taut, focused style that emphasizes steeliness over a more overtly ripe expression of Chardonnay. The finish is long, but a touch compact. This is Lot L2890600181, disgorged October 16, 2006. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014.
ColorDelicate, golden yellow.BouquetThe bouquet displays white flower notes, including hawthorn and magnolia. Spicy hints of cinnamon underscore fresh honey tones. PalateUpright and lively, the Champagne is fine, sensual and elegant, finishing with a round persistence.
Wine Maker Notes
Within hours of picking, the Chardonnay grapes are brought to Perrier-Jouët’s private pressing house in Cramant, where they are gently pressed at a low pressure on the house’s traditional wooden presses. The juice is racked at 50° F, and then transported to Épernay for fermentation. In the cellar, modern stainless steel tanks provide precise temperature control for the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations of the base wine. A liqueur de triage of sugar, yeast and base wine is added to the bottle, and then the wine is aged on the lees in the house's historic champenois aging cellars.
This offering from the folks of the Maison Belle Epoque is a rare treat, and as a result, quite pricey. In vintage years, you will get 100 percent Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs—specifically from the village of Cramant.
The 2000 Fleur de Champagne Blanc de Blancs is ideal on its own, and also pairs perfectly and powerfully with caviar.