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Champagne Masterclass with Emeline Troger of Perrier-Jouët

Mar 8, 2024  ·  4 min read

An illustrious legacy, a love story and some darn fine drops – it’s got to be none other than Maison Perrier-Jouët. We popped the cork on the art of Champagne tasting with expert and Perrier-Jouët Champagne Ambassador, Emeline Troger. Read on to uncover the the life of a fizzophile, what constitutes ‘Champagne’, and how to taste it like a pro.

Champagne Ambassador, Emeline is based in Sydney

 

Emeline, hello! Tell us about yourself – how did you become Perrier-Jouët’s Champagne Ambassador?

I was born and raised in the vineyards of Cognac, France, which greatly influenced my passion for the world of wine and spirits. With a deep appreciation for discovering terroir and traditional savoir-faire, becoming the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Ambassador was a remarkable opportunity to immerse myself in the universe of Champagne, continuously developing my passion and knowledge in this captivating industry.

Tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. What makes Champagne Champagne?

Champagne is truly exceptional and defined by its distinctive characteristics. The combination of the region’s soil, subsoil, and carefully cultivated grapes, coupled with the profound understanding and expertise of our dedicated winegrowers, sets it apart. This effervescent elixir can only bear the prestigious label of Champagne when crafted within the meticulously delineated area in France. Beyond this exclusive geographical boundary, it would be categorised as a sparkling wine.

Full flight: The Enchanted Discoveries experiences features five premium pours of Perrier-Jouët

 

Our Gallery Lounge has been transformed into an enchanted garden for the Flora & Fizz takeover. Tell us about the influence of nature on Perrier-Jouët?

Nature has been an enduring muse for Perrier-Jouët throughout its rich history. Our founders, Mr. Perrier and Mrs. Jouët, shared a profound passion for both art and nature, and this legacy remains the cornerstone of our house. A striking testament to this connection is the iconic Belle Époque vintage cuvée, a masterpiece we have meticulously crafted since 1967. Instantly recognizable by the exquisite floral motif adorning each bottle, the white anemone from Japan was carefully chosen by Master of Art, Emile Gallé. This choice pays homage to our enduring love for nature, creating a captivating fusion of artistry and the natural world in every sip.

The iconic Belle Époque features a painted anemone design on the bottle

 

There’s an art to tasting Champagne, talk us through the process of a tasting – what should we be looking for in Champagne?

Tasting Champagne is indeed an art, engaging multiple senses to fully appreciate its nuances. Begin by observing the effervescence, noting the size and persistence of bubbles. Swirl the glass gently to release the bouquet, allowing the aromas to unfold. Take a moment to inhale, identifying the delicate notes of fruits, florals, and subtle yeastiness. Upon the first sip, assess the balance between acidity, sweetness, and richness on the palate. Note the texture – Champagne often displays a fine mousse and a silky mouthfeel. Pay attention to the lingering finish, savouring any complexities. In essence, a Champagne tasting is a sensory journey!

Our Enchanted Discoveries tasting includes the coveted Belle Époque and Belle Époque Rosé. What makes Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Champagnes special?

Perrier-Jouët’s Belle Époque Champagnes are truly exceptional, embodying the epitome of elegance and craftsmanship. What sets them apart is not only the exquisite blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier but also the meticulous attention to detail. The Belle Époque vintage cuvées are marked by their distinctive floral identity, featuring the white anemone from Japan on each bottle. Crafted since 1967, these Champagnes showcase the house’s dedication to excellence, presenting a harmonious balance of flavours, refined effervescence, and a sumptuous texture. The Belle Époque and Belle Époque Rosé are not just Champagnes; they are expressions of a legacy, encapsulating the artistry and timeless elegance synonymous with Perrier-Jouët.

 

Thank you, Emeline!

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Explore the Taste of Nature and Enchanted Discoveries tasting flights at Flora & Fizz, on until May 5th in Gallery Lounge.

Our Gallery Lounge has been transformed into an enchanted garden

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