Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale, Brut Champagne
A small, Champagne house situated in Châlons-sur-Marne. A biscuity character, this blend has equal quantities of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Area||Brut Non-Vintage Champagne|
|Style||Dry and crisp|
|Major Grape||Champagne Blend|
|Grapes||35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Nibbles & Tapas|
I hadn't tasted Cuvée Royale for a while and was hugely impressed. It's vivacious and elegant yet generous, too, and beautifully balanced, with a floral note on the nose and lemon curd and toast on the palate. It's a more or less equal blend of the three varieties – 35% for Chardonnnay and Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier – with around 20% reserve wines and it was aged in the cellars for three years. Spot on. 12%
The term Cuvée Royale was added to this delicious Champagne when it was a chosen tipple of both Queen Victoria and also King Edward VII. Luxurious, superbly balanced and very long on the palate, this is a noble Champagne.
The latest release of Joseph Perrier's NV Brut Cuvée Royale is showing well, revealing a generous bouquet of ripe apples, mandarin, warm biscuits and subtle hints of honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and rounded, with a generous core of fruit, ripe acids and a youthfully frothy mousse. It's testimony to the progress made at Joseph Perrier in the last decade. 2018 – 2026. 89 Points
An attractive, yellow-citrus style with plenty of zesty acidity on the palate. The drive and richness here are impressive. Score: 91 Points
A nose of almond and pepper with elegant, sweet floral appeal on the palate. Understated for a Pinot-dominated wine, but poised and self-confident.