Perrier- Jouët opened the world’s oldest Champagne, at a tasting to celebrate the inaugural vintage of the 21st Century.
12 wine and champagne experts from around the world gathered to taste 20 historic vintages, including the oldest champagne in the world: Perrier-Jouët Vintage 1825.
The session was hosted by Serena Sutcliffe MW, head of the International Wine Department at Sotheby’s and Perrier-Jouët Chef de Cave, Hervé Deschamps.
Sutcliffe said: “It is virtually impossible to assign a value to the 1825 vintage – we’ve never seen anything like it on the market.”
The event was organised to mark the release of the House’s inaugural vintage of the 21st Century, Perrier-Jouët Millesime 2002. The tasting also included “PJ 1874” – heralded as the most expensive Champagne in the world when it was sold at auction in 1885.
Guests included Richard Juhlin from Sweden; French wine critic Michel Bettane; Roger Voss US wine magazine The Wine Enthusiast as well as experts from the UK, China, Japan, Italy and Finland.