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Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Gold Label Vintage Réserve 2008

Member Review by steve1000:

I was away on vacation in South Beach where I did'nt know the lay of the wineland. I was excited enough to stumble upon a store that had something other than Korbel and a dusty bottle of Dom. This was the time to try a large brand standby from a recent good year: Veuve Cliquot's 2002 rose. I waver on rose Champagne. It costs extra, but it is highly variable from brand to brand and far too often not worth the additional cost. When I first popped the cork, it gave up a nice yeasty nose that was promising. I Pour. Nice color--more salmon than pink. Bubbles were plentiful, but not terribly fine. Closer to Soda than a mousse. Certainly not a ton of fruit in this wine, (from a vintage that otherwise is ripe and forward) but Veuve's style is more engineered than clean & clear anyway. I think the key here is taste--if you are a fan of Veuve, you will probably enjoy it, but I could not help but think there are quite a few bottles of grower Champagne I would prefer for the same price.

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin:
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,00... Read more
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,000 years ago by the Romans. The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is considered one of the first business-women of the modern era. Widowed in 1805 at the age of 27, Madame Veuve Clicquot (born Ponsardin) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late husband's small Champagne House. She personally supervised cellar activities and introduced innovative production techniques still used today. Champagne Veuve Clicquot is known internationally for its classically styled and full-bodied Champagne. Read less

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Snooth User: steve1000
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2.50 5
Vintage: 2002 04/26/2009

I was away on vacation in South Beach where I did'nt know the lay of the wineland. I was excited enough to stumble upon a store that had something other than Korbel and a dusty bottle of Dom. This was the time to try a large brand standby from a recent good year: Veuve Cliquot's 2002 rose. I waver on rose Champagne. It costs extra, but it is highly variable from brand to brand and far too often not worth the additional cost. When I first popped the cork, it gave up a nice yeasty nose that was promising. I Pour. Nice color--more salmon than pink. Bubbles were plentiful, but not terribly fine. Closer to Soda than a mousse. Certainly not a ton of fruit in this wine, (from a vintage that otherwise is ripe and forward) but Veuve's style is more engineered than clean & clear anyway. I think the key here is taste--if you are a fan of Veuve, you will probably enjoy it, but I could not help but think there are quite a few bottles of grower Champagne I would prefer for the same price.

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  • Snooth User: Philip James
    112,574
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 1998 06/04/2009

    Pear and cherry aromas, with a slight yeastiness. Great acidity yet very smooth and very soft. Incredibly subtle, with great finesse. Beautiful. Finishes on delicate florals. Nice creaminess (strawberry cream) throughout.


    Snooth User: Jeroboam13
    3124815
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 1996 09/24/2007

    I usually was not too crazy about La Grande Dame : too tasty, too woody, but this bottle of La Grande Dame 1996, drank more than 10 years after the harvest makes its point. Smooth, delicate, flowery with lightness but taste, it's a perfect aperitif to be enjoyed with good company. Nevertheless, I recommend trying to use sommelier Champagne glasses, to let this great champagne reveal to the senses all its promises...


    Snooth User: Philip James
    112,574
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 1996 10/27/2007

    Some yeast, soft and well aged. Excellent balance. Delicately floral with an extended finish. Absolutely delicious. Tasted at the New York Wine Experience


    Snooth User: joss
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    4.50 5
    Vintage: 1996 09/23/2009

    wonderfully crisp, clear, and dry. deep yet penetrating taste and finish, it's flavor has matured well and softened in its fruitiness, leaving a more nutty and grassy hint to it. excellent champagne.


    Snooth User: mmmwine
    4250132
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 1996 08/30/2008

    This is the best Champagne I've had. You'll get quickly to the nutty/pear taste and a very deep and rich finish. I go back and forth between the 96 and the slightly less expensive 98. I prefer the 96 because it's just heavier and provides more of a Champagne experience.


    Snooth User: Tomwil1
    308107
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 1996 08/24/2007

    Grande in every sense of the word


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    External Reviews for Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Gold Label Vintage Réserve

    External Review
    Vintage: 2002 02/07/2013

    This is firm and tight, with strawberry, red currant and spice aromas and flavors. Balanced and elegant, but needs time for all the elements to come together.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2002 02/07/2010

    Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rosé 2002: Es gibt einfach Jahre, in denen die Qualität der Trauben von besonderer und einzigartiger Güte ist. Dies bedeutet für das Haus Veuve Clicquot, es ist Zeit für einen Jahrgangschampagner. Nur Weine, die ausschließlich aus Grands und Premiers Crus hergestellt sind, gehen in diesen Jahrgangschampagner ein. Sie werden nur in den besten Erntejahren kreiert und verkörpern den einzigartigen Charakter dieser besonderen Jahre. Für mindestens 5 Jahre lagern alle Vintages in den Kellern bis sie zum Verkauf freigegeben werden.Weingut: Veuve ClicquotRegion: ChampagneRebsorte: 60% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Meunier , 33% ChardonnayInhalt: 0,75 l Champagner - Sekt - Prickelndes > Frankreich > Champagne


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 01/17/2009

    Wine Spectator ReviewFirm, rich and powerful, featuring dried berry, spice and citrus flavors. The structure is bracing, but there's plenty of substance, so enjoy it now with food or give it a few years to settle down. Drink now through 2012.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 02/07/2010

    Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 1998: In Ihren Händen halten Sie nach dem Erwerb eine Prestige-Cuvée, welcher ausschließlich von Weinen aus Lagen berühmter Grand Crus stammt und bereits zu Lebzeiten von Madame Clicquot erworben wurde. Alle erhielten bei der Bewertung ihre ganzen 100 Prozentpunkte. "La grande Dame 1998" fordert Sie auf zu einem leidenschaftlichen Tango und erscheint in zartem Rosa mit leichten Nuancen zwischen Kupfer- und Lachstönen. Ihr erster und nie vergessener Eindruck wird der intensive und wahrhaftig fruchtige Duft sein, wie ein Pfund Erdbeeren, vermischt mit Pink Grapefruit und Quitte. Sie tut den ersten überraschenden Schritt und gibt zart und ganz verführerisch ihre mineralischen Aromen frei, wir sind umhüllt von würzigen Noten aus Pfeffer und Zimt. Nach und nach entfalten sich weitere köstliche Fruchtaromen und schon hat sie uns gefangen genommen. Eine leichte und schnelle Drehung und mit einem Mal sind Sauerkirsch und Brombeergelee zu erkennen, verflochten mit dem Aroma ofenfrischer Brioches. Uns überkommt eine herausragende Vielfalt an Aromen, welche am Gaumen eine wunderbare Steigerung erlebt, ihr Rock schlägt wundersame Kreise durch die Luft und sie bringt sich gut in Position durch die Anwesenheit süßer Gewürze wie Vanille. Es versammeln sich Aromen von Sauerkirschen, Grenadine und kandierten Brombeeren. Sie verleihen der grande Dame Sanftheit, Edelmut und eine unvergessliche Grazie. Und sie hält inne, lässt sich in Ihre Arme fallen, ein kurzer Augenblick von Stille und danach die reine Verkörperung von Kraft in einer eleganten Struktur. Erschöpft? Nein, zu unserer Überraschung zeigt sie sich vom Anfang bis zum lang anhaltenden Ausklang von beeindruckender Frische und Lebendigkeit. Ein Abend der Sinne, ein Tanz voll Kraft um eine Mitte. Der Blend beruht auf 64 Prozent Pinot Noir Trauben von den Grand Cru Lagen in A, im Marnetal und aus Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay und Bouzy in den Bergen von Reims. Außerdem besteht der Blend aus 36 Prozent Chardonnay Trauben dreier Grand Crus: Avize, Oger und Mesnil-sur-Oger im Côte des Blancs. Des Weiteren kommen 15 Prozent Rotwein aus Pinot Noir Trauben vom Weinberg Bouzy dazu. Alle Trauben stammen aus Clos Colin, einem der besten Standorte im Herzen dieses Grand Crus.Weingut: Veuve ClicquotRegion: ChampagneRebsorte: 64% Pinot Noir, 36% ChardonnayInhalt: 0,75 l Champagner - Sekt - Prickelndes > Frankreich > Champagne


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 04/09/2008

    Deep ruby, loaded with the tiniest bubbles and filled with crushed red berry fruit. A rosé with real red wine character. A great companion to roast fowl or red meats.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 11/12/2011

    Perfumed, showing pencil shavings, violet and berry notes allied to a firm, chalky profile. A little angular, but has character and good length. Drink now through 2012. -BS Wine Spectator. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 1998 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 750ml


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 11/20/2013

    Pale yellow with a steady bead. Orange, lemon, apple, smoky minerals and yeast on the nose. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors coat the palate and are energized by dusty minerals and a fresh jasmine quality. An energetic version of this bottling, with good finishing grip and lingering floral qualities. This gained weight with air: I’d hold off on popping the cork for at least another three years.


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    <p>Listed by Veuve Clicquot itself as one of its rarest vintages, this champagne is known for its pale gold color and vivacious nose. Its flavor has a notable amount of mineral freshness and like its nose a floral sweetness. Though silky in one&rsquo;s mouth, it finishes on a long and powerful note.</p>


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