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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV Champagne"Veuve Clicquot is a big house where we have a big responsibility to maintain the style, but every day we work to improve the quality." Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville explains the production ethos behind Veuve's characterful, full-bodied, pinot-focused wines. Privileged to a respectable 382 hectare estate, with facilities to envy; including multiple foudres of 5000 and 7500 litres, the house runs a huge operation in Reims. As testaments of the House's most enduring values, its reserve wines are among the most precious in the palette of Demarville.
A predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine. Grapes from as many as 50 to 60 different Crus go to the blending of Yellow Label. Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is 50 to 55% Pinot Noir, 15 to 20% Meunier and 28 to 33% Chardonnay. Each new release varies depending on the amounts of reserve wines and the latest release vintage. Demarville uses 25 to 35% sometimes as much as 40% to ensure the continuity of the House style.
Yellow Label has a fine bead of bubbles present in a golden yellow colour. On the nose, white fruits and nicely balanced citrus notes. On the palate, the Pinot Noir dominance shines through but it completed by the delicate Chardonnay. Ripe fruits and some hints of brioche.
Grape Varieties: 50-55% Pinot Noir, 28-33% Chardonnay, 15-20% Pinot Meunier
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“Tasted blind. Came 11th out of 12 in the tasting. Pale straw gold. Light, complex nose. Good savour. Some smokiness. Really neat and tight. Lots of potential. Some appley acidity and really clean on the end. Very complex on the end. Full of vitality. One of the most youthful wines in this dozen. Delicate bead. ”
“(roughly 50% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier; Lot 14009913): Light gold. Musky orchard fruits and dried fig on the mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering smoky pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of honey. Finishes on a gently spicy note, with very good cling and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Things have definitely begun to turn around for this bottling, which had been lagging behind the winery's vintage offerings for some time.”
Veuve Clicquot Overview
Philippe Clicquot founded Veuve Clicquot in 1772 coming from a family of bankers and textile merchants he purchased a number of vineyards and decided to establish a wine business under the family name. His vision was to sell his Champagne 'across all borders'.
In June 1798 Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin married Francois-Marie Clicquot, the son of Philippe in a secret wedding service in the cellars due to the French revolution being in full swing. Auspiciously, the priest gave the happy couple a book by Dom Pérignon. The 17th Century Monk Dom Pérignon had written about new methods of producing sparkling wine. By combining several varieties of grape into an assemblage, he was able to harness the fermentation process. He went on to use more solid, cork bottles. But the vin du diable had yet to be completely tamed. Yeast would form sticky filaments and leave a deposit that made the finished wine cloudy and spoiled its taste. But Madame Clicquot would change all that.
The Code Napoleon and bourgeois codes of behaviour forced French women to live in the shadow of their husbands. It took a woman with confidence and fair amount of grit to venture into business. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, was one such woman, widowed at the age of 27 with a three year old daughter; she convinced her father-in-law to let her manage the business and went on to achieve iconic status among champagne buffs. The February following the death of her husband she invested 80,000 francs and went into partnership with Alexandre Fourneaux, who had mastered the art of assemblage. Unfortunately her first attempts in charge were a bit of a disaster.
Back alone and assisted by her cellar-man Antoine-Aloys de Muller, Madame Clicquot perfected the art of 'remuage' or riddling. Special racks were produced to hold the bottles at an angle and over a six to eight week period the bottles were rotated by a quarter-turn every day. The lees gradually settled in the neck of the bottle. The cork was then drawn, the sediment removed and liqueur (a mixture of still wine and sugar) added. Once this technique was perfected the champagne was crystal clear. With a few minor improvements this method is still used today.
From 1876 onwards the company bottled all the dry champagne destined for Britain with a yellow label. When Madam Clicquot died in July 1866, newspapers all over the world paid tribute to the old lady. She and her loyal assistants had conquered the world, sales had reached a staggering 750,000 bottles a year!
"Veuve Clicquot is a big house where we have a big responsibility to maintain the style, but every day we work to improve the quality." Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville explains the production ethos behind Veuve's characterful, full-bodied, pinot-focused wines. Privileged to a respectable 382 hectare estate, with facilities to envy; including multiple foudres of 5000 and 7500 litres, the house runs a huge operation in Reims.