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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 2004
Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 2004
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $85.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 94 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:

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.
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About Veuve Clicquot:

The House was founded by Philippe Clicquot in 1772. Since its inception, Veuve Clicquot has been a specialist in Champagnes based on Pinot Noir, especially Rosé. In 1803, François Clicquot was married to Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot was widowed just two years later. Veuve Clicquot (Veuve means widow in French) took over her husband's business. In 1810, the house took the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The way that she ran her company, from risky overseas ventures to startling technological innovations, changed Champagne forever. Her motto is still the guiding principle of our company – "Only one quality – the finest."

In 1816, Mme. Clicquot invented the process, called rémuage or riddling, that removes the yeast from the bottle. She used holes cut in her kitchen table to perfect the method of slowly tilting and turning the bottles to gather the spent yeast in the neck of the bottle. Once settled it could be removed by freezing the neck in a brine of salt and water, removing it, and recorking.

The company was taken public in 1963, and merged with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1986. Today, Jacques Peters is the chief winemaker at Veuve Clicquot, and was appointed cellar master in 1985. He has undertaken an ambitious program since this time to upgrade the grape sources, improve the vineyards, and improve the cellars and production facilities.