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Veuve Clicquot Rose
Veuve Clicquot Rose
(search item no. 87191)
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Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $78.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This non-vintage Rose is the end result of a desire to create a Rose champagne with a delightfully luscious, fruit-based charm. Jacques Peters, the cellarmaster, and his team wanted a champagne that would be accessible and naturally engaging while conserving Veuve Clicquot's essential values in terms of style.

The wine has a luminous color with attractive pink glints. The nose is generous and elegant, with initial aromas of fresh red fruit (raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry, blackberry), leading to biscuity notes of dried fruits and Viennese pastries (almonds, apricots and brioche).

The fresh attack is followed by a fruity harmonious sensation on the palate. The wine is perfectly balanced in the best Veuve Clicquot style of pink champagnes, combining elegance and flair. The wine works its magic—this delectably full champagne can be enjoyed as a true delicacy. A deliciously fruity wine in early bloom, this is a wonderful aperitif to be shared as a twosome or simply with friends.

Made using 50 to 60 different crus, the cuvee is based on Brut Yellow Label's traditional blend: 50 to 55% Pinot Noir, 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier, and 28 to 33% Chardonnay.

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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.



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Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1998
Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1998
(search item no. 97126)
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The Wine News rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1992 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
1992 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1992 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1990 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1990 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine is yellow-gold in color, but for once, let's also consider the sound of the wine. As the bubbles reach the surface, the babbling sparkle echoes the majestic and persistent liveliness of the mousse. A persistent stream of bubbles rises in the glass and a distinct collar appears around the rim.

The nose shows complexity and maturity, with successive aromas of violets and black cherries developing into butter and toasty nuances.

The wine is generous and unctuous, revealing crushed fruit flavors and secondary aromas of mocha, subtly lifted with spice. The flavors are beautifully balanced and the finish is elegant, harmonious and fully developed.

Equally delicious with truffle salad or caviar, or even with simply cooked fresh pasta, where the texture and simple flavors enhance the sensuality and complex aromas of the Champagne. Dare to try it with sardines, or with a mature, hard rind cheese. To complement pasta with truffles and gourmet dishes such as: foie gras, lobster, scallops, fruit tart (with apricots or tropical fruits).

A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot noir

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About Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte:

Nicolas Feuillatte created Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte in 1976 as an exclusive Reserve Champagne that today remains the guardian of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte's quality and style. In 1986, Nicolas Feuillatte created a partnership with the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne, the largest association of growers in Champagne, situated in the heart of the vineyards, near the small Grand Cru village of Chouilly on the outskirts of Epernay.

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes are the exclusive issue of Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards and all cuvees are distinguished by the rich full expression of Champagne's unique terroirs.