Tasting notes, the Wine Advocate, 89 points
The 1999 Brut Fleur de Champagne Cuvee Belle Epoque comes across as sweeter and softer than the 2000, with generous honeyed notes of apricots and flowers. The wine shows plenty of length, with pretty notes of sweetness that linger on the finish. The 1999 is 50% Chardonnay from Grand Crus in the Cote des Blancs, 45% Pinot Noir from Mailly, Verzenay and Verzy in the Montagne de Reims. Disgorged on November 6th, 2007.
Perrier-Jouet is a large producer based in Epernay that is most famous for its striking flower bottle which remains one of Champagne’s most recognizable designs. The house favors a perceptibly sweet style, with dosage levels that are towards the high end of the range for the region. Few producers make it harder than Perrier-Jouet to discern a lot number. Readers will have to look in the punt of the bottles for the small, raised code which can then be traced back to a disgorgement date. Surely there must be a more consumer-friendly way to do things.