Veuve Clicquot Gold Label Vintage Brut 2002
from Champagne, France
Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Meunier, 33%
The 2002 vintage has a pale gold color
with silver accents. It has a brilliant
aspect and an effervescence that is lively and
The nose is very open, pure and
complex. The Chardonnay gives this
wine a refined mineral flavor
accompanied with pleasant flowery notes
of acacia. Aerating the wine reveals hints
of yellow-fleshed fruit and pastries
(brioche, marzipan). These give way to
delicately spicy aromas, followed by
elegant notes of licorice and high-bred
In the mouth, the wine is silky and
generous. The expectations promised by
the nose are met and even exceeded as
the complexity of this wine is superlative:
simultaneously evoking fruity and floral,
mineral and spicy notes, menthol and
toast. This wine is quite simply dazzling
with its wealth of aromas, and a
deliciously long and powerful finish.
This elegant vintage is already
remarkably well-balanced, and it will
continue to enchant the palate for at
least 15 years. Meanwhile, this wine can
accompany the most refined dishes. It is
eminently suitable for the most original
matches. Try it with bass tartare,
poached turbot served on a bed of fresh
pasta, or cappuccino of Bresse chicken
with candied citrus fruits.
"This combines the richness of the Clicquot style with flavor precision and the length of the '02 vintage. It's delicious juice, accelerated by the bubbles into a blast of flavor that lasts. There's flinty minerality as well as lime and ginger root, youthful and invigorating for now and suited to years in the cellar."
Wine & Spirits
"This firm, racy Champagne offers fresh spring blossom, almond paste and apple pastry notes, with good intensity on a refined frame. The finish of lemon zest and spice lingers. Best from 2012 through 2017"
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