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Date Printed: 7/20/2017
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 1991
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 1991
(search item no. 6629)

PRICE ON 7/20/2017: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A blend of about twenty Premiers and Grands Crus, the Vintage has the power of Pinot Noir, balanced by the finesse and elegance of Chardonnay. It is the perfect expression of the House style, proving that champagne can be a great wine and, as such, makes a perfect accompaniment for many dishes, developing its qualities as the years go by. It goes well with spiny lobster prawns, scallops and sea fish as well as poultry and white meat.
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About Veuve Clicquot:

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, Fran├žois Clicquot, who had recently married Barbe Ponsardin. Seven years later, following the untimely death of Fran├žois 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.