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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose 1985
Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Rose 1985
(search item no. 90853)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $125.00

Winemaker's Notes:

Recognizing the principle that the best years yield vintages that are unique wines—masterpieces that travel through time—Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has delved into its cellars and come up with treasures dating back to 1985 and 1988.

Made using 17 Grands and Premiers Crus, Rare Vintage Rosé 1985 is dominated by the strength and fullness of the black grapes. It has a lively amber pink robe with copper tints and fine, lingering bubbles. The nose is complex, with full flavors of ripe red fruit, sweet spices, leather and undergrowth. In the mouth, Rare Vintage Rosé 1985 has plenty of lasting structure with a remarkable aromatic finish. This exquisite wine produces unique sensations and leaves an unforgettable impression.

"A fine example of a mature Rose Champagne. From a stellar vintage, this has mellowed to a burnished copper hue, featuring warm autumn aromas and flavors of perserved berries, wood smoke and roasted walnuts. It's all backed by a firm structure and a dry profile."
-Wine Spectator

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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.