Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage in Cellar Box 1988

Vintage from Champagne, France

Price: $99.00
Item No. 89939
  • WE95
  • W&S94
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

About the Cellar Box
True to its innovative spirit, Veuve Clicquot commissioned Pablo Reinoso, a creator acclaimed by architects for his city lights and interior designers for his contemporary furnishings, to develop the appropriate vessel to encase the Rare Vintages. The result is Reinoso's high-tech Cellar Box, a case that embodies modern design while preserving the Rare Vintage wines in the best possible conditions; reusable and stackable.

This Vintage is made up from twenty villages all classified as Premiers or Grands Crus. They are located in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims regions. The dominance and power comes from the Pinot Noir, which represents 68% of the blend. The finesse and elegance are achieved from a complement of 32% Chardonnay.

Sensory notes
The effervescence is both delicate and long lasting. The bouquet is fine and complex, strong in the aromas of dried fruits and flowers. There is an elegant harmony in the nose around toast and brioche notes. In the mouth, the wine is firm and well structured, with masses of substance and refinement. Such wine accompanies perfectly lobsters, scallops and sea fish. After a few more years of ageing, one would not hesitate to offer it with poultry or with meat dishes such as veal.

Critical Acclaim

"One of Veuve Clicquot's library releases, this wine is now wonderfully mature with layer upon layer of toast, spice, roasted almonds and roundness. As it has developed, it has also grown so rich that it is much closer to Burgundy than Champagne. The acidity of Champagne and that lift in the mouth show its true origins. "
95 Points

"Twenty years in bottle have been gentle to this wine, maturing the color to transparent gold and the flavors to dark tones of honey, baked apples and cardamom spice. Lively acidity keeps it firm and completely dry, ending on scents of fresh almonds, limestone and white tea. It's complex and heady, the fine bubbles giving a sparkling clean impression and a sense that there's plenty of time ahead."
94 Points

"This elegant, complex Champagne has a mature bouquet of smoke, dried red fruits, lemon and spice flavors set in relief by the bracing structure. Well-integrated and intense, with a lingering finish of roasted walnut, citrus and wood smoke. Drink now through 2018."
93 Points

"Brassy gold. Powerful, pungent, complex, lightly oxidative bouquet of toasty lees, apple butter, peach nectar, cured meat and dried rose. Full and chewy, with decadent dried fruit and nut flavors accented by deeper toffee and caramel tones. There's surprising energy here, and subtle lift to the flavors. Almost sweet on the long, toasty finish, with a persistent note of marzipan. I'd drink this now."
92 Points

Learn About Veuve Clicquot Map ItMap It

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 Rose. 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...

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Learn About Champagne

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...

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Learn About Vintage

Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection. Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne, so they do not produce a wine every year and have no non-vintage bottlings. What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...

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