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Veuve Clicquot Cave Privee 1982

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Description & Technical Information
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Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is a House steeped in rich history that owes its success largely to one woman, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot also invented the riddling rack on her kitchen table, an apparatus that removes the sediment from the bottle after second fermentation still used in the region today. Veuve Clicquot own a respectable 382 hectares of vineyards with an emphasis on Pinot Noir. The House maintains the largest collection of old reserve wines in Champagne, these help give Yellow Label its complexity while ensuring the high quality is maintained in the world’s second bestselling Champagne brand. In 2008 Dominique Demarville joined as Cellar Master, he “refreshed the brand” including increasing the proportion of Pinot Noir in La Grande Dame to 90%+ and with blending shifts he brought a new freshness in Yellow Label. In 2019 Didier Mariotti took over as Cellar Master.

Distinctive and powerful, each Veuve Clicquot vintage is the unique expression of a single harvest chosen for its remarkable quality and loyalty to the House style. Vintages with exceptional qualities and unparalleled ageing potential are carefully preserved for decades at the heart of Veuve Clicquot’s chalk cellars in Reims, making up the Cave Privée collection.

Weather: After a mild winter, bud burst was late but the vines proceeded to develop normally under very favourable climatic conditions. This was unexpected since the previous two vintages had produced little. Leading into the summer months conditions were great, some spells were concerning with attack of mildew and red spider mites. However, June and July overall allowed for very ripe grapes leading to a sunny and hot September. This was a record harvest that exceeded the famous 1970 vintage.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Pinot Noir: Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne | Chardonnay: Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims
Grape Varieties: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay
Ageing: 27 years on the lees
Disgorged: June 2010
Dosage: 5 g/l
Drink: Now to 025

Tasting Note: A golden colour with reflections of amber. Initial notes on the nose are very positive, light and delicate with hints of dried fruits and candied citrus. The palate has refreshing citrus notes that combine with apricots and salted caramel to leave and long-lasting and memorable finish.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Overview
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Expert Reviews
92 → 93/100
Essi Avellan MW
“The 1982 appears mature on the nose with oxidative notes predominating over the sweet, aged fruitiness of honey, spicy and fruit cake profile. The palate then again comes across much younger with good energy and positive liveliness to it. The structure is stylishly seamless with all pieces at place. Hopefully the oxidative note will mellow down over time as structure-wise this wine as plenty of life left.”
News Articles
  1. Veuve Clicquot: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Veuve Clicquot: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 9, 2019

    An insightful vins clairs tasting with Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot's eminent Chef de Cave, painted a clear picture of the 2018 vintage. Fresh, ripe and mature, with plenty of ageing potential, the base wines at Clicquot were either exceptional or good... none of them were bad.
  2. Veuve Clicquot: 2017 Vins Clairs

    Veuve Clicquot: 2017 Vins Clairs

    May 23, 2018

    We tasted the 2017 vins clairs at Veuve Clicquot with Chief Winemaker Gaëlle Goossens, who described it as "a difficult year, but good for Chardonnay". We also discussed her thoughts on innovating winemaking by bridging the gap between oenology and viticulture.
  3. Veuve Clicquot: 200th Rosé Anniversary

    Veuve Clicquot: 200th Rosé Anniversary

    May 17, 2018

    To commemorate the 200th anniversary since Madame Clicquot invented blended rosé champagne, Veuve Clicquot revealed the first ever Jeroboam of Rosé NV during a celebratory dinner at Manoir de Verzy and shared the secrets of their red winemaking expertise at a tasting in London.
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