A decade in Champagne

2004

Perrier-JouÎt Champagne by Claire ColesWith this year came a return to consensus as many big names have either already released a vintage, such as prestige cuvées Roederer Cristal, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame and Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, or are happy to confirm that they have one in the pipeline.

Drawing comparisons with ‘02, Cassidy Dart, sales manager for Pol Roger UK, says 2004 offers “excellent quality in a more tight knit, slightly austere style”.

However, with Hawes suggesting that for Bollinger 2004 is “more accessible” than 2002, preferences and assessments may well divide between these two vintages, although the quality of both remains uncontentious.

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