Perrier Jouët is the quiet next-door neighbour to loud and proud champagne giant Moët et Chandon, on the Avenue De Champagne in Epernay, Champagne. The Perrier Jouët house was established in 1811. It is famous for its flower-laden branding, particularly that of the prestigious and fancily painted Belle Epoqué vintage champagne bottles that you can spot in the special cabinets of most liquor stores. It is the 10th largest house in all of champagne and produces 3 million bottles per year.
The house operates as a Negociant Manipulant. It is also one of the Grande Marques & Maisons (Grand Brands & Houses) of Champagne.
No longer a family owned producer, in current guise it is owned by famous French liquor group Pernod Ricard (which makes it a sister brand to G.H. Mumm). This offers PJ extensive distribution around the world and makes it somewhat easy to find and obtain.
The house’s entry level rosé champagne offering is the Blason Rosé (the more expensive is the Vintage Belle Epoque Rosé), but don’t let the “entry level” term take shine of the wine – this is a carefully crafted offering.
I managed to sneak this one in for around $80 thanks to duty free from NZ.
From: Epernay, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: $90 on sale from Vintage Cellars
Blend Ratio: Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier: (50/25/25) with 8 g/l dosage.
Aging: Around 3 years
Sipped: May 2019
In The Glass:
Look: Soft Salmon hue – quite orange. Great bubble set to it.
Smell: Soft citric, not much yeast. Strawberry fragrance also comes through.
Taste: The first sip is fresh and berry laden. Make sure you chill it right down though; this is where it excels.
PJ Blason has soft strawberry flesh flavours partnered with soft lemon zest. This is a nice drop chilled. Slightly sweet and sugary aftertaste, but very pleasant. Strength of flavour is pretty good too; this is delicate and balanced rosé.
Great for the summer balcony sessions.
Party Potential: Much to expensive for parties. Generally $110 a bottle. A case purchase might work for something like a small engagement party celebration.
As a Gift: It would make a good birthday present for someone who loves a good rosé.
At Home: Use for a very special occasion if your going to split between two. Else save this for a session with your besties.
Score & Verdict:
At $90 I feel it is decent value for the quality.
How did I drink it?
Celebrating my mates (and main tasting crew) purchase of a new home!
How did you drink it?
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