Épernay, Chardonnay, Belle Époque: Perrier-Jouët
The Maison Perrier-Jouët was founded in 1811 by a couple of botanists. From the start, the floral theme has been part of the Maison’s essence, and this is illustrated by its renowned grape variety: the Chardonnay. Those are the basics of Perrier-Jouët style.
However, you are missing an essential piece of information: the Perrier family is fond of art, specially the Art Nouveau movement. Because of their passion, the Maison approached Emile Gallé. The artist, who was also an enthusiastic botanist, developed a friendship with Perrier and would often visit the family in Épernay. He was the one who drew the famous anemones arabesque that decorated the bottles of the cuvee Belle Époque, which became a part of its visual identity and reputation.
From then, a century later, the atmosphere has always been the same inside this house nicknamed “Belle Époque”, on the 11 avenue de Champagne, in Épernay. There, you will find furniture decorated by Emile Gallé, sculptures by Rodin, leather panels inside the tasting room, and a beautiful garden. A bubble…
The Banquet of Nature, a sensory experience
One could think that this meal and wine pairing dinner is a classic thing. And they would be right. But it’s not only that. As we said, this is also a sensory experience; every dish and every wine provides its own universe and will immerse you in a tasting adventure. How does the winery do that? You will be given three stones and a pipette, with the pipette you will soak the stones with blue flower, jasmine or violet water. You will see how the limestone soak the water and brings a different texture to the champagne, which makes the smell stand out. I promise you, when you taste your champagne again, you will discover a whole new sensation.
You will discover a ballet of plates, in perfect orchestration, on point and with precise savours. You will be falling in love with the cream of Osciètre caviar, endive, radicchio, salpicon, and the Blanquette de Veau with white truffle from Alba.
Four chapters with four different cuvees form the menu:
TERROIR – ÉVEIL – FLORAISON – MATURITÉ
Every chapter comes with a sensorial activity, and I don’t want to kill the suspense by revealing everything… but what I can say is that you will touch flowers and even taste petals. It might be confusing at first but it’s also a very formative and curious experience!
An incredible change of scenery
This dinner is more than an experience; it’s a change of scenery. Take the train in Paris; get off in Épernay. In just one hour and a half, you will trade the metro’s craziness for this region’s tranquillity. Walk the precious avenue de Champagne until you get to the Maison Belle-Époque and push the doors. It will be like traveling back in time. You will be given a glass of champagne and you will be able to choose in which glass you want to drink from… they are all old relics from the 1900s, 1910s.
After strolling through the corridors hearing the sounds of the parquet, you will be invited to sit at the table, where the flowers are omnipresent, the tableware is vintage, and every detail has been taken care of. As the sun goes down, you will find yourself among Emile Gallé, Joseph Perrier, and you will travel through the decades, hooked on the bubbles, touching the effervescence of time. Champagne can also be magic.
EVENT DETAILS AND INFORMATION:
“BANQUET OF NATURE”, BY PERRIER-JOUËT AND PIERRE GAGNAIRE UNTIL JANUARY 29TH 2022.
PRICE PER PERSON: € 310
BOOKING AND INFORMATION: 06 74 27 05 88
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