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Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
(search item no. 528)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $54.99

Winemaker's Notes:

A Champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut Non Vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself.

This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our House style.

The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.

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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 Brut Reserve
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve
(search item no. 12927)
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Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $38.99

Winemaker's Notes:

It is composed of 20% of the Chardonnay grape variety, for elegance and delicacy, 40% of Pinot Noir, for roundness and structure and 40% of Pinot Meunier for fruitiness.

Pale gold in color, abundance of delicate bubbles.

Floral aromas of fruit with subtle predominance of white fruits: pear, apple, almonds and hazelnuts. Fresh opening, smooth, pleasant and balanced.

Food Pairing: This wine is an ideal accompaniment for Breton lobster and cream sauce, sole morel mushrooms, chicken brochettes with citronella.

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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.



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Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1999
Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d'Or Grand Cuvee 1999
(search item no. 95921)
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Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $135.00

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
1998 The Wine News rating: 96 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar 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:

Yellow ivory in appearance, clear and bright. Its fine and delicate bubbles crackle gently, revealing the persistent and majestic liveliness of the effervescence.

White flower aromas of hawthorn and acacia, and honey, initially characterise the nose. Gaining in intensity, spicy notes of black pepper and ginger and red fruits combine subtly with the primary aromas.

Clean and direct on the attack, with a delicate mousse revealing a highly attractive mineral quality. The wine boasts impressive structure with an imposing finish and appealing length.

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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.