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Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2012

Mix 12
£80.00
Mix 6
£82.00
Per Bottle
£86.00
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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.

As with every Veuve Clicquot champagne, Pinot Noir dominates the blend (51%) exclusively from Grands and Premiers Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne (Verzy, Verzenay, Ludes, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Tauxières, Avenay and Aÿ). Then 15% of Meunier from the Montagne de Reims (Ludes) and the Vallée de la Marne (Dizy) brings roundness to this cuvée. The uniqueness of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012 remains in the addition of 11% wines aged in large oak casks (foudres), bringing strength and aromatic intensity. The Vintage Rosé 2012 blend is elaborated with 13% of red still wine, exclusively from the Pinot Noir of Bouzy. The dominance of Pinot Noir and the wooden touch deliver structure and character, trademark of the Veuve Clicquot style.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 2012 is the expression of a prodigious harvest, despite an extremely challenging climate.
In spring, the region faced a heavy rainfall of 60% above the average of the season, followed by late frost, finally, a series of severe hailstorms ruined more than 1,000 hectares of the overall Champagne vineyard. Then, summer came around mid-August and brought ideal sunny conditions, very dry weather and high temperatures until the end of the harvest. Despite those damages which led to a relatively modest harvest, quality was optimum, revealing a great aging potential for the wines.

Weather: The 2012 weather has been hallmarked by many as very challenging but has created some stunning Champagne. Relatively low yields due to various weather conditions throughout the year. The winter months brought some frosts and hail which damaged the early stages of bud burst. August and September were very warm and this helped rescue and give the grapes a stunning maturity.

Technical Information:
Grape Varieties: 51% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 15% Meunier
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: In the glass, the Rosé has deep rose colours and copper hues. The nose has aromas of red fruit and wild strawberry. The palate is powerful which opens up to more red fruit, strawberr and morello cherry. A well rounded Rosé with a silky mouthfeel.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Overview
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Expert Reviews
16.5+/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“This makes the NV look overpriced – strange to have only £7 between NV and 2012? Or perhaps this is a bargain?! Blend of 51% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier from premiers and grands crus villages with 11% still red from Bouzy. Aged on lees for five years including 11% oak-aged wines. Dosage 8 g/l.
Very bright orangey pale bronze. As with the current NV rosé, I get a hint of coconut. Fresh again, like the NV, and I suppose at this stage it doesn't taste all that much different from the NV rosé … just a little deeper-flavoured. Presumably it will reward ageing but it's certainly approachable now.
Drink 2021 – 2027”
93/100
Essi Avellan
“This vintage rosé is based on the same blend as Cliquot's white version, then gets its vinous soul from a 13% red wine addition exclusively from Bouzy. Shiny copper-toned salmon colour. The pronounced, evolving berry nose has heaps of fragrant cranberries, raspberry candies, bitter almonds and dark cherries complementing the soft, spicy notes, while the muscular, viscous palate is tightly structured, with a touch of firm phenolics. Joining that firmness is a great degree of fleshy vinosity on the monumentally concentrated and genenous palate. Keeping young, but interesting aromas are emerging little by little. Dosage 8g/l”
89/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2012 Brut Rosé Vintage is a very pretty wine. Effusive, floral aromatics give this mid-weight, airy Rosé plenty of charm. Crushed red berries, mint, rose petal and orange zest build nicely in an attractive, lifted Rosé that offers plenty of near term appeal.”
Awards
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CSWWC 2022 Gold
CSWWC 2021 Silver
CSWWC 2020 Gold
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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