Spirits & Wine

Champagne Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 1985 Tasting Notes

Champagne Perrier-Jouët celebrated its bicentenary across the world in 2011. Coinciding with the milestone, Gourmantic celebrated a special anniversary in November in the same year, with a vintage bottle of 1985 Belle Epoque prestige cuvée.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque is renowned for the enamelled anemone motif that decorates the bottle. Created by Emile Gallé, the master glassmaker and leading light of the Art Nouveau movement for Perrier-Jouët in 1902, it is said to echo the floral notes of the wine which is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 1985

The 1985 bottle had been cellared for some years. But how does a 26 year old prestige cuvée taste, and more importantly, had it turned in the bottle after it reached its optimum drinking potential?

The pop of the cork was loud, a reassuring indication that it still retained some effervescence. Deep amber, almost gold in colour, the wine was sweet on the nose with some yeast characteristics, unlike the floral nose of the younger vintages. The bubbles held their own in the glass long after the champagne was poured.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque

On the palate, it was buttery with brioche and honey, a luxuriant mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Paired with foie gras from Alsace made it a decadent celebration.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.