Every new Perrier-Jouët release is a special occasion, and so fans of this revered grand maison of champagne have been eagerly awaiting March 2017, when its new Blanc de Blancs Non- Vintage is introduced to an expectant world. Typical of the house’s wines by combining lively effervescence with a rewarding complexity, it is a distinctively Perrier-Jouët take on the blanc de blancs style of champagne.
The term blanc de blancs refers to champagnes made solely from Chardonnay, one of the three grape varieties – along with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – used to make the world’s most sought-after sparking wine and the only white grape among them. Blanc de blancs champagnes, a popular choice among dedicated fizz lovers, are often rich and biscuity in flavour with an intense effervescence, but can also be notable for their dryness and minerality.
Chardonnay is described by Perrier-Jouët’s cellar master Hervé Deschamps as the emblematic grape of the house, and tasting the new Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage it’s easy to see why. Chardonnay grapes from across the Champagne region are blended with a 15 percent admixture of reserve wines, with minimal dosage of eight grams of sugar per litre of wine for a fresh, dry style, and then aged for three years in Perrier-Jouët’s cellars.
The result is a champagne that brings out the best characteristics of Chardonnay, bursting with freshness and vitality, with a gold-green colour and a nose of elderberry, acacia, honeysuckle and citrus. As you’d expect, it follows through with a bright, fresh flavour full of citric tang, with the characteristic mineral notes coming through at the finish. Perfect as an aperitif, like most blanc de blancs champagnes it will also ideally complement a range of food, in particular seafood.
As ever with Perrier-Jouët champagnes, its inviting hue is displayed by a bottle decorated in the beautiful art nouveau style with which the brand has a long association. Located in Épernay in the heart of the Champagne region of northern France, the house owns many of the region’s most outstanding vineyards, allowing it to create a perfectly balanced champagne like the Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage by combining the best grapes from each terroir.