Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (375ML half-bottle)
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
A Champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut Non Vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself.
This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.
The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "For those who would like to enjoy and impress, the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is a presentation par excellence! Just imagine the lovely yellow label in a wrap- pretty nifty and best of all the prized inside is so delicious! Medium straw, yellow color; complex aromas of ripe apple and light cream, excellent depth and persistence; medium bodied, active and layered on the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; bright and beautiful ripe fruit and cream in the flavors; medium finish, lasting impression in the aftertaste. Calls for petrale in a Champagne reduction sauce with fresh, savory herbs. (Tasted: September 29, 2014, San Francisco, CA)"
Wine Spectator - "Bright and lightly toasty, this elegant Champagne layers flavors of cassis, crushed hazelnut and lemon meringue pie on the creamy bead. Drink now through 2019."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "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."
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Veuve Clicquot Winery
When he founded his wine merchant business under the label "Clicquot" in 1772, Philippe Clicquot had a clear ambition: cross all borders. He conquered Europe and then Russia in 1780, followed by the United States in 1782. He was joined at the head of the House in 1798 by his son, François Clicquot, who had recently married Barbe Ponsardin. Seven years later, following the untimely death of François Clicquot, his young widow ("veuve" in French), just 27 years old, took over the family business.
Over the course of her lifetime, Madame Clicquot developed three of the most important innovations in Champagne, that remain in practice today. She demonstrated her innovative spirit in 1810 by producing the first vintage wine in Champagne. In 1816, she invented the riddling table as a way to clarify her champagne, and by doing so, she improved both the quality and finesse of the wines. Never one to rest on her laurels, in 1818 Madame Clicquot created the first rose champagne made through assemblage, a method where white wines are blended with red wines.
Faithful to the values of creativity and innovation passed on by Madame Clicquot, the Maison marked its bottles with its first yellow label in 1877, making the brand distinctive and instantly recognizable. Today, Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is the signature champagne of the House, and distinguishes itself through the dominance of Pinot Noir, which gives strength, complexity and elegance to the champagne. View all Veuve Clicquot Wines
About ChampagneView a map of Champagne wineries Champagne is both a region and a method. The wines come from the northernmost vineyards in France and the name conjures an image like no other can. An 18th Century Benedictine monk named Dom Perignon is said to be the first to blend both varietals and vintages, making good wines not only great, but also special and unique to their winemaker. Today, nearly 75% of Champagne produced is non-vintage and made up by a blend of several years' harvests.
All Champagnes must be made by a strictly controlled process called "Méthode Champenoise." The grapes are pressed and fermented for the first time. The blending phase follows and the wine is bottled and temporarily capped. Then comes the second fermentation, a blend of sugar and yeast is added and, this time, the carbon dioxide is kept inside the bottle. This process leaves a great deal of sediment that is extracted through a process of "racking" or "riddling." The bottles are progressively turned upside down until all the sediment is collected in the neck. The necks are then frozen and the sediment is "disgorged." After this phase, the winemaker may decide to add sugar to sweeten the wine. Finally the wine is corked. Some wines move through this process in a couple of months, while others are aged after the riddling phase to build greater complexity and depth.
Champagnes range from dry, "Brut," to slightly sweet, "Demi-Sec." Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are used in Champagne blends, but "Blancs de Noirs" is made entirely of Pinot Noir and "Blancs de Blanc" is made from only Chardonnay grapes. The high acidity achieved by the northern location is crucial to the balance and structure of these wines.
Not every year is a "vintage" declared. In years when it is not, the wines are blended with the produce from other years to create the non-vintage blend, the house style that remains constant from year to year. But in a great vintage year, champagne houses will bottle by itself the unblended year's produce, and use other portions as "reserve" wines to supplement and enrich the non-vintage blend. A vintage champagne can age quite gracefully, and gain complexity just like any other great still wine.
Mild cheeses like gruyere and shellfish pair nicely with Champagne. Also, oysters and Champagne is a popular combination. A full-flavored vintage Champagne can go with almost any meal.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
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14 ratings, 2 with reviewskasara - Melville, NY11/5/2013I'M GLAD YOU ASKED - AND I HOPE YOU WILL HAVE THE COURTESY TO RESPOND -I HAVE ALREADY SENT A NOTE TO YOU REGARDING HOW EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED I WAS WITH THIS PRODUCT AS I DID NOT REALIZE THESE BOTTLES WERE A HALF SIZE. THE PRESENTATION OF THEM IN THE MIDST OF OTHER FULL SIZE BOTTLES OF 750 ML. IS A BIT DECEPTIVE IN TERMS OF PRODUCT PLACEMENT. I HAD NO INTENTION OF PURCHASING HALF SIZE BOTTLES AS I CAN PURCHASE AT ANY TIME A FULL SIZE OF VEUVE CLICQUOT FOR $43 AT A SHOP AROUND THE CORNER FROM MY HOUSE, AND ON SALE FOR THE HOLIDAYS @ $36, FOR FULL SIZE. I WROTE TO YOU HOPING THAT YOU WOULD OFFER SOME KIND OF ACCOMMODATION OR AN INCENTIVE DISCOUNT TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF ANOTHER PRODUCT THAT YOU SELL WHICH I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE, AS I FEEL THE PRICE I PAID WAS A BIT EXCESSIVE. I HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU REGARDING THIS MATTER. THANK YOU.Anonymous - Pasadena, CA57/19/2017Anonymous - Pebble Beach, CA17/12/201747/1/2017Anonymous - Boston, MA16/29/2017Anonymous - Howell, NJ46/25/2017Stephen Jacobs - Cedarhurst, NY16/11/2017kaseyshopping - Enterprise, AL54/18/2017Anonymous - Sacramento, CA51/9/2017Anonymous - Sacramento, CA412/13/2016mistyajones - Charlestown, MA511/23/2016MN G-man - Minneapolis, MN411/21/2016Anonymous - Greensboro, NC12/17/2016bdrowe81 - Gladstone, NJ51/29/201544/25/2012Petillante - Gloucester, MA55/9/2011It's a classic; It's great, of course!