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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1995 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. Its vintage wines are where Veuve Clicquot really steps up and La Grande Dame is its prestige cuvée - only produced in very limited amounts from 8 crus selected from Madame's own vineyards.
The blend is made up of 53% Pinot Noir from the Grand Crus in Ay and Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy vineyards. The other component in the blend is 32% Chardonnay using three Grand Crus, Avize, Oger and le Mesnil-sur-Oger from the Cote des Blancs. The Grande Dame Rosé 1995 is obtained with the addition of 15% red wine made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes from the village of Bouzy. The vast majority of grapes comes from the Clos Colin, one of Veuve Clicquot best lots situated in the heart of the Grand Cru.
1995 began with a wet and mild winter but spring sunshine and ideal conditions meant bud break took place between 6th and 17th April, one week ahead of time. Late spring leading into the early summer months the weather conditions were warm and gave excellent growth to the grapes. Because of the stormy weather in July, there was a major threat of Botrytis which was monitored by many houses in Champagne. However, sunny and hot conditions in August and early September meant that the grapes were at ideal ripeness at harvest time. Harvest for Chardonnays began on 21st September and Pinot Noir and Meunier followed a week later.
On the nose subtle fragrances of strawberries and wild red fruits. The palate is stunning, with an abundance of fresh strawberries and raspberries combined with hints of toasted notes of ginger and honey. The finish is long and lingering with the divine combination of the fruits and toasty qualities, very smooth and full bodied.
Grape Varieties: 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, incl 15% Red Wine
Dosage: 9 g/L
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“Plush Pinot Noir nose with earthy, animally notes, leather, dried fruits and red berries. Vinous smooth texture with mineral gunflint and liquorice nuances. A truly unique wine, a red wine lover's rosé champagne.”
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.