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Champagne belle

Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Vintage 2007, Champagne, AUD $299

A marvellously fine, subtle, discreet Champagne with tremendous chardonnay-driven finesse and delicacy. Perfumes include lemon meringue, candied grapefruit peel and small white flowers. The mousse is super-fine and creamy. The clean finish has fresh acidity and avoids austerity. (Cork)

Score: 97 ★★★★★ – view on HuonHooke.com

Alcohol: 12.5%

Ageing: Not needed, but best within five years

Food: Salade Niçoise with fresh seared tuna

Stockists: Dan Murphy’s stores; Nillumbik Cellars, Victoria (AU); Glengarry Wines, Auckland (NZ)

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