French refinement

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV, Champagne, AUD $80

Generous in flavour and character, yet with an elegant and sophisticated core, this is a fine and satisfying Champagne. Predominantly made from black grapes (80%), having equal proportions of pinot noir and pinot meunier, with chardonnay making up the balance. Soft lemony fruit is enhanced by mineral notes plus some crushed cashew. Great freshness and presence on the mid-palate and admirable persistence on the finish. (Cork)

Score: 94 ★★★★½ – view Toni’s original tasting

Alcohol: 12%

Ageing: now to 2020

Food: Smoked trout rillettes

Stockists: Dan Murphy’s nationally (AU); Glengarry Wines, Auckland & Wellington (NZ)

Ranked #15 of 89 Chardonnay blends from Champagne

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