Champagne Friday: PJ Grand Brut

Today’s wine seems like an old friend I don’t see often enough. Every time I have Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, I think why don’t I drink this more often. The dominance of black grapes and higher percentage of Meunier give it a comforting toasty-biscuity character I especially like in a winter time bubbly. Of the bigger name Brut NV Champagnes, PJ Grand Brut may well be my favorite.PerrierJouetGB

PERRIER-JOUET Grand Brut, Champagne, NV ($39.89)
A base blend of 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay with 15% reserve wines from previous vintages finished brut with a dosage of 11 grams per liter (1.1% residual sugar).     Straw in color. Dry, medium-light-bodied with fresh acidity. Fresh and toasty with ripe citrus, a bit of red fruit essence, and some tree fruit, some biscuity character, and something of a floral note. As always, it seems to be better than I remembered it. Pretty in the mouth. Quite tasty. BS: 92.

Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the ‘fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you’ve got a bottle of Champagne in the ‘fridge.” – Hester Browne

PLEASE check the EVENTS PAGE for my upcoming WINE 101 class beginning January 6th at the Wine School and the annual 2011 CRU CLASSÉ BORDEAUX TASTING on January 21st at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice.

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