Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV
The ancestry of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut can be traced back to 1846, when – in response to the preference of British connoisseurs for a drier taste – Maison Perrier-Jouët launched its historic Cuvée K, the world’s first lightly dosed champagne in the style today known as “Brut”.
According to the House cellar books, Cuvée K was dosed at a sugar level of less than 5% – daringly little for an era when champagnes regularly contained up to 40%. Maison Perrier-Jouët became renowned for its brut champagnes, which it was able to produce owing to the fact that its high-quality grapes required very little added sugar – a philosophy maintained to this day. Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut is the heir to this tradition, and the initiator of the famed Perrier-Jouët style.
Cellar Master, Hervé Deschamps, selects the finest wines from around 50 different crus, expertly blending each cru, as well as a percentage of reserve wines, to replicate the style and quality of the cuvée year after year. The crus are selected in function of the House’s signature Chardonnay grape, whose elegance is enhanced in the final, complex blend by the structure of Pinot Noir, predominantly sourced from the north of the Montagne de Reims, and the fullness and harmony of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne.
Charming and extroverted, the NV Grand Brut bursts with expressive aromas of warm biscuits, honeyed citrus and orchard fruit, followed by a medium to full-bodied, open-knit palate with ripe acids, a frothy mousse and a fleshy core of fruit, concluding with a clean, uncomplicated finish.