Joseph Perrier Esprit de Victoria Blanc de Blancs 2010
$199.00 inc. GST
93/100 – James Suckling
92/100 – Decanter
91+/100 – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Made with 100% Chardonnay from 1er and Grands Crus sectors from Chouilly, Mesnil sur Oger and Cumières and a dosage of 5 g/L. The bouquet shows a delicate exuberance with floral notes and honeysuckle hints. The dense, generous yet silky texture is supported by finely-judged acidity, with a chalky and iodine finish. Drinking Window 2019 – 2030.” – Decanter
“This has some very attractive, nutty and savory development on the nose with vibrant, detailed and fresh citrus fruit and peaches on the palate. Super fresh, smooth and composed with a savory twist at the finish. Drink now.” – James Suckling
“The 2010 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Esprit de Victoria exhibits a complex bouquet of green apples, walnut oil, crushed chalk and white flowers, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy but incisive palate that’s pillowy and enveloping despite its lively spine of acidity. The finish is long and saline. Drink 2019-2029.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Tasting Note: The colour is pale yellow gold, brilliant with tints of green. There is an energetic stream of tiny bubbles, rising to the surface with great enthusiasm. At first on the nose the enticing character is floral, with touches of honeysuckle and acacia. Then we find more exotic fruit aromas, grapefruit, pineapple and mango, and with a little swirling the glass reveals notes of patisserie combined with a hint of caramel. As the flavours develop there are mineral elements and echos of the sea, allied with a touch of spice and vanilla. There is an attractive freshness on the palate which is round and complex; there is a touch of vanilla before the brilliantly acidic structure becomes evident. It finishes in a creamy style, long and rich with just a suggestion of candied citrus and toasted brioche.
Winemaking Notes: The cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2010 is composed of 100 % Chardonnay sourced from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards : Chouilly, Mesnil sur Oger and Cumières blanc. The cellar work is all done by hand: pointage, remuage… Each bottle passes through around 10 pairs of expert hands on its way to be finished. This champagne of rare quality encouraged us to experiment a little with a lower dosage than earlier cuvees of Blanc de Blancs from Joseph Perrier. This Extra Brut has just 5g/L.
Region: Champagne, France