Veuve Clicquot - Vintage

Veuve Clicquot - Vintage

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The modern-day Maison of Veuve Clicquot possesses one of the finest champagne vineyards, both in terms of its size and the quality of its vines. Its 390 hectares are divided between 12 of the 17 Grands Crus, and between 20 of the 44 Premiers Crus that constitute the entire Champagne region. This exceptional heritage was built up over the centuries, founded upon the parcels first established by the founder, and added to by subsequent vineyard directors. Veuve Clicquot bears the fortuitous territorial mark of Madame Clicquot. Medium yellow to pale straw colour with a fine persistent bead. The aromas are yeasty with touches of citrus & candied peel. On the palate yeasty notes & candied peel add a slight honeyed note. The finish is crisp and of fair length, combining mouth-watering crispness & honeyed richness.
You don’t sense the 10% oak fermentation aromatically, although you do feel it in the creamy, textural finesse. Zesty notes of grapefruit lead into lush, slightly tropical notes, a weighted Champagne without heaviness. More broadly structured than 2008, with less angularity (certainly less toasty), the vintage 2012 is already showing the first flush of fruity generosity (and perhaps lacking a bit of complexity because of that). Fine potential as one expects, yet eminently approachable, I suspect many will struggle to keep their hands off it (I know I will). Enjoy from now until 2028.
"On the palate, the attack is fresh and frank. Then appear the first aromas of fruits with mirabelle tart, candied citrus and roasted pears notes. Finally, refreshing notes of green hazelnuts and almonds arise."
Type:
Sparkling
Country:
France
Region:
Champagne
Appellation:
Champagne
Producer:
Veuve Clicquot
Grapes/Blend:
Champagne blend
Pairing Sugesstions:
Shellfish, Lobster, Goat Cheese, Chicken, Game Birds, Charcuterie and Cured Meats
Style:
Brut

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Veuve Clicquot was founded over 200 years ago.

The Champagne house was founded by Phillippe Clicquot-Muiron in 1772. At the time, the company was involved with banking and...

Veuve Clicquot was founded over 200 years ago.

The Champagne house was founded by Phillippe Clicquot-Muiron in 1772. At the time, the company was involved with banking and wool trading in addition to Champagne production.

Veuve Clicquot translates to “Widow Clicquot,” named for the first woman to run a Champagne house.

Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin was the actual “Veuve Clicquot,” widowed at the age of 27, just seven years after marrying the company’s heir, François. Madame Clicquot was known for being strong-willed and innovative through her years at the house’s helm.

Veuve Clicquot created the first-ever vintage Champagne

After five years of bad vintages, war, and near-failure, Madame Clicquot celebrated the success of 1810 with the first single-vintage Champagne. The concept became a huge success the following year, when the iconic 1811 vintage Champagne was labeled ‘The Year of the Comet.’

Veuve Clicquot invented the riddling rack, allowing Champagne to be mass-produced.

Created by Madame Clicquot and the house’s cellar master, the riddling rack (which looked more like a riddling table at that time) allowed a more efficient process of disgorgement for the final corking of Champagne bottles. It is still used by sparkling producers around the world.

Veuve Clicquot was one of the first producers of rosé Champagne.

Ruinart had already produced a rosé Champagne by tinting Champagne with elderberry juice, but Veuve Clicquot was the first to produce rosé Champagne by adding still red wine to its sparkling. First made in 1818, Veuve Clicquot Rosé is now made by adding Pinot Noir to the classic Yellow Label.

Veuve Clicquot’s signature yellow label has adorned the bottle for over 180 years.

The label started appearing on bottles around 1835 and was officially trademarked in 1877. It was created to distinguish “dry” bottles from the usual sweeter ones in the British market and became a huge hit.

Veuve Clicquot’s vineyard holdings are almost entirely comprised of Grand and Premier Crus.

Fifty-five percent of Veuve Clicquot’s vineyards are categorized as Grand Cru and 40 percent are Premier Cru.

Veuve Clicquot Champagnes are always Pinot Noir-dominant.

The house believes that Pinot Noir adds strength and structure to its wines.

The house’s prestige cuvée is ‘La Grande Dame.”

It was introduced in 1972 to celebrate Veuve Clicquot’s 200th anniversary.

Veuve Clicquot sells over 1.5 million cases of Champagne each year.

And 400,000 of those Veuve cases go to the United States. Compare that to one of Champagne’s “larger” grower-producers, Chartogne-Taillet, which produces just 6,500 cases of Champagne each year.

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