85-89 / 100
85-89 / 100
Label Slightly damaged
PERRIER JOUET Belle Epoque 1983
(10-2009) Served at the Ducru offline in London. Hmm…not quite sure why I marked this so low because this performed way above my expectations. It has a surprisingly intense, lifted bouquet with strong savoury notes, quite animally/meaty, touches of spice and thyme. If I am to complain, it is just a little diffuse at 27-years of age. The palate is medium-bodied and quite candied on the entry, fully mature as one would expect with vibrant red-berried fruit, cigar box, a touch of thyme, well integrated oak with a refined finish. I would not leave this much longer, but I have to change my views on this Ducru having tasted this bottle. Drink now-2024.
(07-2013) Medium bodied, with cherry, strawberry, earth, cigar box, cedar and forest floor in the nose, the wine is more interesting on the nose than in the palate, with its spicy, bright, red fruit and olive filled finish.
(01-1997) Colour as above. Giving very little on the nose - traces of all the classic claret elements, but very toned down. Tannins obvious and quite smooth, but dominating the fruit. A wee bit acrid, a touch woody, a touch coarse for Ducru.
(10-1995) A medium bodied red with evolved leather and mushroom notes already appearing on this 12 year old wine. The palate is fairly lean with lively fruit that is not that concentrated. This wine is drinking well now and should keep for another 5+ years; not a wine to cellar and age.