In a nutshell: A full and nicely rounded Brut Champagne from one of the older houses.
The lowdown: From a small family owned house in Chalons sur Marne their Cuvée Royal Brut is their flagship wine. In it they use 35% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir together with 30% Pinot Meunier. About 20% of the blend is reserve wines which maintains consistency of style over the years. It's irresistably soft and approachable with a delicate nose with green apples and peach aromas standing out while on the palate there are orchard fruit flavours in tandem with hints of creamy vanilla and a touch of cinnamon spice. There's a nice roundedness on the tongue that accompanies the refreshing crispness and lingering finish.
When to drink: The good balance between freshness and richness means it's ideal as an aperitif. With a meal it suits things like salmon fillet.
Joseph Perrier founded his eponymous Champagne house, one of the original Grand Marques in Chalons-sur-Marne in 1825 which is four years before Bollinger. In 1888 one Paul Pithois became the new owner and he undertook research into wine fermentation with Louis Pasteur. In 1925 whole marking the centenary of the business Paul's sons Pierre and Roger took over management. By 1950 George Pithois the next generation took the helm until 1980 when his nephew, Jean-Claude Fourman took over in his turn. Today, the Maison continues with the sixth generation of managers, Jean-Claude and his son Benjamin. Their Chef de Caves since 2017 has been the talented Nathalie Laplaige.