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Hervé Deschamps, Perrier-Jouët's cellar master, created the Belle Epoque Autumn Edition as a dedication to honour a season of contrasts. The result was an ideal blend where autumn’s mellowness and power bloom in a remarkable shade of pure, deep pink. It is the second of Perrier-Jouët’s seasonal cuvées, a limited edition 2005 vintage, a year whose contrasts echo those of autumn itself: a harsh winter, a warm spring followed by a curious, cool summer and a sunny autumn. This vintage, astonishing and harmonious in equal measures, is to be enjoyed during autumn’s glow.
The house’s signature grape, Chardonnay (45%), from the Grand Cru vineyards at Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil brings its own delicately floral freshness. A dash of Pinot Meunier (5%) from Dizy provides sensual seasoning for such engaging vitality. Finally, the energy of Pinot Noir grapes (50%) grown around the villages of Mailly, Aÿ, Verzy and Rilly add a luscious touch to this smooth symmetry. A proportion of 15% red wine lends this cuvée its unusual, captivating colour. With the vitality of deep pink and rich garnet hues, there is a generous bouquet of pomegranate, redcurrant, persimmon and citrus aromas wrapped in rose scent and punctuated by honeyed notes. Full-bodied and alluring, with a touch of fresh acidity to finish. Ideally served with salty flavours of fish or caviar, refined flavours of Japanese beef or tuna, accompanied with crisp Mediterranean vegetables.
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