Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV, Champagne, France.
A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. Widely available, 12%, about £30.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing small-sized bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with a perfumed lifted note of warm white bread dough (I make a lot of bread) and strident aromas of warm apple puree, with a hint of warm citrussy fruit merging with unripe stone fruit.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, no tannin but a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, with medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm pastry and stewed ripe apples, finishing a note of something between hazelnut and almond. A creamy mousse, with a medium (+) persistence, and a medium (+) length.
Quality – a good quality wine, moderate complexity, but with a good concentration of flavour. Well made, with a balance between acidity and alcohol + residual sugar, which are in balance with the intensity of flavour. A harmonious wine with a moderate length with a slight gummy grip on a crisp and clean finish. But for the price, there are many wines at a lesser price point which show equally if not better – from California and Tasmania, for example.