The wine’s bouquet islight and fruity with delicate floral notes of peony and rose.
The wine shows hints of strawberry and raspberry. The fresh, balanced flavors are silky in texture with great finesse.
Wine Advocate 89 points - The 2002 Brut Fleur de Champagne Cuvee Belle Epoque Rose is gorgeous in the way its layers of perfumed fruit flow effortlessly from the glass. The wine shows terrific detail and nuance all the way through to the long finish. Those qualities aren’t enough, however, to compensate for what is essentially a compact, rather lean style that delivers excellent, but not outstanding, quality. This is Lot L3310755211, disgorged April 26, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2014. (Dec 2009)
Wine Spectator 90 points - A delicate rosé, with a smoky undertow and hints of black cherry and nut. There's a creaminess to the texture and a ripeness overall, with a modest finish. Drink now. 1,000 cases imported. –BS (Nov 15 2010)
Wine Enthusiast 92 points - All raspberries and red currants, this is a delicious, instantly approachable wine. It also has a more complex side, intense acidity, a tight texture followed by a juicy fruit character. It is a wine for celebration as well as more serious appreciation. R.V. (Dec 2010)
The Belle Epoque Rose vintage is the most delicate and elegant expression of the collection. Blended according to the same production secrets as the Belle Epoque Millesime vintage, it owes its slightly salmon-pink colour to a small percentage of red wine from the crus de noirs.
|Wine maker notes
|The grapes are pressed in Cramant on Perrier-Jouët’s traditional wooden presses. After it is racked, the clear juice is transported to Épernay for fermentation. In the cellar, modern stainless steel tanks provide precise temperature control for the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations of the base wine. Once all the base wines are fermented and racked, Chef de Caves Hervé Deschamps begins to meticulously taste from over 300 separate wines to choose the most outstanding lots, which are masterfully blended into the final cuvée. In order to preserve the airy elegance of the rosé, Hervé opts to age the wines for four to five years as opposed to the standard six to seven years.