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Veuve Clicquot Vintage

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Cracka Review

The champagnes of Veuve Clicquot tend to be at the sweeter end of the dosage level, but this one comes across as a bit drier than usual. Stone fruits, subtle strawberries, heaps of buttered toast and citrus decorate the pretty nose, whilst the palate is quite rich and creamy, with peach, apple and lemon flavours, licks of crushed biscuits, and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Great with smoked salmon blinis.

Winemaker's Notes

The exceptionally fine weather conditions in September allowed the abundant crop of grapes to ripen beautifully. So between 23 September and 13 October, we harvested some very fine grapes in excellent conditions of health. The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full-bodied; the Chardonnay wines show a lot of distinction, and the Pinots Meunier wines add a touch of gourmandise.

Reviews and Accolades

"Pale lemon colour. Fine nose with pastry aromas as well as fruit and a touch of almond. On the palate there is appealing finesse, with melting and fresh notes. A delicate 2004 which leaves behind an ethereal sensation."
91 Points - Gilbert & Gaillard - April - 2012

"One of the best vintages since the great 2002, this is a sophisticated, fruit-and-yeast driven wine. It has a delicate touch, with its white fruit flavours well integrated into the toasty and tangy texture. It will age for many more years."
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast - September 2012

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Veuve Clicquot Vintage

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James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
The winds of change and renewal are blowing across much of Champagne, Veuve Clicquot no exception. One of its recent innovations has been the installation of wooden foudres (casks) in which part of the wine is fermented, successfully adding texture and subliminal tannin to the wine. Unsurprisingly, the bouquet is complex, the palate with surging linearity and length, the finish riding on the wings of the low dosage of 7 grammes/litre.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
This is an open and more cuddly vintage for Veuve, showing plenty of fruit with lemon rind, apple, red fruits and all the toasted nuts and richness you expect from Veuve. There s plenty of autolysis here, but plenty more to come if you hang onto this. Dosage weighs in through the finish as per the house style, and there s a toasty, biscuity afterburn that gives the illusion of reserve wine. Speaks decidedly more of Veuve than the vintage for now.
Good Wine Guide
Nick Stock (2002 Vintage) says
Deeper complexity here in the '02 vintage Veuve. This has savoury, biscuity complexity and some fine, gently toasty nuances. The palate wields the same punchy, vinous power, making a finely beaded, crisp apple and berry impression through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Tyson Stelzer (2002 Vintage) says
The power of pinot showcased in the crisp, clean frame of 02 makes for a captivating style of great energy and complexity, melding brioche, dried peach and fig with anise and toasty vanilla notes.
Wine100, November Issue 2011
WINESTATE (2002 Vintage) says
Interesting aromas - very complex - cheesy, nutty and mealy, with hints of earthy, mushroomy notes. Obvious sweetness blends with delicate, nutty flavours and lovely crisp acidity.
Winestate 20082009

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