Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut |

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut

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Tis the season for champagne, and Perrier-Jouet makes a non-vintage sparkler that is big, rich, biscuity, and dry. Great champagne houses make vintage champagnes only in the best years, but annually blend their non-vintage cuvee using many different vintages. The winemaker tries to make this cuvee in a consistent style every year. The latest blend of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut is 40 percent pinot noir, 40 percent pinot meunier, and 20 percent chardonnay, although the chard dominates this wine. Rich pear, white peach, and hazelnut aromas lead to a pronounced biscuit and toasty oak body with a clean, dry finish.

Pierre Nicolas-Marie Perrier, a cork producer, married Adele Jouet in 1811, and they started a champagne house in Epernay the same year. In 1854, Perrier-Jouet produced the first dry champagne, later to be declared a “Brut.” Currently, P-J owns 247 acres in the Champagne region, with more than 90 acres in the chardonnay-dominated Grand Cru vineyard of Cramant.

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