He was a handsome young Frenchman, passionate about
wine. She was Dutch; charming, and with impeccable taste. In 1811, young Pierre
Nicolas-Marie Perrier and his wife Adèle Jouët, decided to found their firm, or
"House" in the heart of France's Champagne region, a lovely hamlet called
Épernay. Pierre Nicolas-Marie's family had been in the wine business for several
corks to many "marques" or brands of Champagne. Through his work, he learned to
appreciate great Champagne and the
rare vineyards that produce it. In 1813, the couple purchased the premises in
which Champagne Perrier-Jouët is still made today. Their Champagne's popularity
in France soon spread through Europe. In 1815, the first shipments went to Great
Britain. By 1837, straw-filled baskets carrying a precious cargo of 2,000 bottles
of Champagne Perrier-Jouët arrived in New York. Introducing
The partnership of Pierre Nicolas-Marie and Adèle flourished in the vineyards
and caves of Épernay — as did their love (hard not to be romantic surrounded by
Champagne!) Their success can be traced to their appreciation of Avize and Cramant
vineyards. They were the first to recognize the special virtues that fine Chardonnay
grapes bring to the assemblage, and purchased some of Cramant's best vineyard
slopes. These slopes are still producing great grapes and fantastic wine nearly
200 years later.
The love story of Pierre Nicolas-Marie and Adèle ended with his death in 1854.
Their son Charles Perrier was a visionary and an innovator who continued his parent's
quest. Charles had no children, and passed on the firm to his nephew Henri Gallice.
legacy of love is the Champagne of Romance Pierre Nicolas-Marie and Adèle Jouët formed a remarkable partnership — joined
not only by love for each other, but for the vineyards of Champagne and for the
wine that has been likened to stars in a bottle. Six generations of their family
have guided the winery into yet another century. The Flower Bottle and the Maison
Belle Époque recall a glorious age not so long ago. To pour a flute of Perrier-Jouët
Fleur de Champagne, is to pour a glass of style, history and, above all, romance.
Champagne Perrier-Jouët / 26 avenue de Champagne / 51200 Epernay / France