Joseph Perrier is a medium sized champagne house located in the town of Chalons-en-Champagne, south east of Reims. A key pride of the house is its multi-generational leadership, since its inception in 1825 by Joseph Perrier himself until 1998 when it was purchased by the Alain Thienot group – which has strong presence in the French wine industry. In order to keep this heritage going, the house is presided in the modern era by Jean-Claude Fourmon of the family line. Another source of JP’s pride is its 3km worth of beautiful cellars, which are naturally lit via light shafts.
Whilst an uncommon brand to most of the modern champagne buyers, JP was once a favourite of HRH Queen Victoria, and the royal seal adorning each bottle is a regal reminder of this preference.
JP currently has 9 varieties on offer, from standard NV Brut, Rose and Blanc De Blanc styles to a handful of carefully selected premium vintages. Today we look at the vintage 2002 cuvée royale.
From: Chalons-en-Champagne, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: $75 a bottle from Dan Murphy’s
Blend Ratio: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier: (47/35/18)
Aging: 5 Years
Sipped: August 2018
In The Glass:
Look: Deep caramel colour, with a medium strength bubble stream.
Smell: JP Royale 2002 offers a nose of deep caramelised fruits, like sultanas, and a trace of honey. Yeast is not predominant, but this wine smells like its been fermenting for while.
Taste: The first sip of JP 2002 comes in with a nice honeyed first hit – this rolls into fresh apple and lemony crispness which is enjoyable. It’s of a decent strength of flavour, but not in the upper echelons.
The middle brings about some slightly bitter notes as the wine goes dry.
Found the intensity of the finish is a bit short lived which is odd considering the aging time of 5 years.
Party Potential: I think that Joseph Perrier is an too expensive a champagne to host a party on. You’ll also get more value offering NV champagnes at a lower pricepoint, such as Pol Roger or Bollinger. As a drink on its own I feel it is unique and pleasant enough to split with friends at a quiet BYO and have a conversation over.
As a Gift: JP Cuvee Royal is an interesting enough champagne to give as a gift to someone who enjoys a variety of wines.
At Home: Use for a quiet night in with good mates and good food.
Score & Verdict:
At $75 I feel it is reasonable value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
To start a pizza and snacks night with good friends.
How did you drink it?
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