Perrier Jouet-Belle Epoque 1973 Magnum+ 4 original glasses -Champagne-

Snel overzicht

Perrier Jouet

Beschikbaarheid: In voorraad

€ 695,00

Perrier Jouet-Belle Epoque 1973 Magnum+ 4 original glasses -Champagne-

Meer afbeeldingen

  • Perrier Jouet-Belle Epoque 1973 Magnum+ 4 original glasses -Champagne-
  • Perrier Jouet-Belle Epoque 1973 Magnum+ 4 original glasses -Champagne-
One(1) Magnum (1.5L) of this delicious, very rare Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne/ Belle Epoque 1973 Champagne.The bottle includes the 4 original handpainted glasses and is in perfect condition. More details and/or pictures as always on request.


Perrier-Jouët was established in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier, adding the maiden name of his wife, Ad le Jouët, to name the house. They established themselves in the town of Épernay, and set about building up their brand and exploring foreign markets; by 1815 they were already exporting wine to England, and within a few more years they added the USA to their list of export destinations. Such success obviously led to a greater demand for their wines, and the family were soon acquiring or planting new vineyards in Aÿ, Avize, Cramant, Mailly and elsewhere. Many were planted with Chardonnay, bringing a delicacy to the Perrier-Jouët style, a style said to have been favoured by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie, and a trait that can still be found in the wines of Perrier-Jouët today.

Perrier-JouëtAlthough off to a flying start it was the next generation, in the shape of Charles Perrier who succeeded his father, that did most to build up the reputation of the family business. Thanks to Charles, the wines of Perrier-Jouët soon found their way onto the tables at several European courts, and were increasingly exported overseas. The range expanded, and in 1854 Perrier-Jouët became the first house to release a dry Champagne, a style subsequently imitated across the region. At the time the wines were prevailingly sweet, and by this action Charles Perrier was essentially the creator of the Brut designation that is the predominant style today. His innovations did not stop there, however, as Charles was also an early advocate of the single vintage Champagne, as well as greater transparency of labelling, sometimes featuring the names of the villages on the labels, a practice that remains rare in the region even today. Such dedication naturally brought reward and recognition; in the latter half of the 19th Century the wines of Perrier-Jouët were consumed in Queen Victoria's court, as well as that of Napoleon III. Such success secured the future of the business, and also financed the construction of a fine château on the Avenue de Champagne in Épernay, a fine building which remains the Perrier-Jouët headquarters to this day.

After Charles Perrier there was no natural heir, and thus control of Perrier-Jouët passed with Charles' blessing to nephew Henri Gallice, and then in 1918 to Louis Budin, Henri's brother-in-law, a family member only by marriage. After thirty or so years he was succeeded by his son, Michel Budin, and it was Michel that was the last in the line to maintain complete control over his Champagne house. Since this era Perrier-Jouët has, as is the case with many Champagne houses, been the subject of outside investment and even complete takeover. In 1959 the Mumm group took control, although Michel stayed on with the company, and it was he that oversaw one of the great additions to the range of Champagnes produced by Perrier-Jouët, the prestige cuvée La Belle Epoque (known instead as Fleur de Champagne in the USA). Subsequently the house was purchased by Seagram, and this story of takeover continued throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries; the current owners are Pernod Ricard, who completed a successful takeover of previous owners the Allied Domecq Group in 2005.

Perrier-JouëtWithout doubt the stand-out wine in the Perrier-Jouët range is the aforementioned Belle Epoque. Although conceived by Michel Budin, marketing director Pierre Ernst and cellar-master André Bavaret in the latter 20th Century, its origins are actually much older than this date suggests. Their inspiration was the discovery of a beautifully decorated bottle, dating from 1902, found long neglected and gathering dust in a cupboard in a back room. The bottle bore enamelled artwork by the glassmaker Emile Gallé, a panoply of glazed and delicately hued anemones. It would seem that Gallé had created the bottle at the request of Henri Gallice, as a symbol of the glorious 1890s, but why it lay undiscovered for six decades is not clear. Today Gallé is renowned for the high quality of his glasswork, and is rightly regarded as instrumental in the art nouveau movement in France; it is unsurprising that this serendipitous discovery prompted Ernst and Bavaret to create a Champagne worthy of such a fabulous piece of art. The first vintage of Belle Epoque, a Brut style, was the 1964, released in 1969, and sold exclusively through a small number of select outlets. It was subsequently joined by the La Belle Epoque Roséin the 1976 vintage, and later by the La Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs.

The straight Belle Epoque is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier. The strength of this prestige cuvée is finesse and elegance rather than power or fruit, so for this reason inexperienced critics have been known to discount Belle Epoque, having been underwhelmed on first tasting. Some have even accused Perrier-Jouët of putting more effort in to the design of the bottle than the wine that goes into it. These critics have laid bare their lack of understanding of a wine that possesses impeccable balance, something far more valuable than powerful fruit. With appropriate bottle age these wines reveal their true class, the high quality origins of the fruit from some of the best sources in the region.

Producent Perrier Jouet
Jaar 1973
Appellation Champagne
Climat -
Flesgrootte 1,5 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee