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Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne 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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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 Rosé Champagne 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 11/20/2013

    Broad and open-textured, this offers lemon, apple and peach flavors. A touch coarse, ending with a chalky sensation. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 04/10/2014

    There’s a firm, juicy pinot noir at the core of this rosé, a bold young wine that’s packed with citrus acidity and intensely concentrated fruit. If you open it now, the wine will need food to bridge its power, whether roast quail with chanterelles or a steak with sautéed wild mushrooms. Or cellar it, relying on the exceptional balance and depth of flavor to sustain the wine as it ages.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 11/20/2013

    The house’s 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. this focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. Le Grande Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir, (Ay, Verzeneay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger). Anticipated maturity: 2008–2018.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 11/20/2013

    A superbly ripe Champagne that has all the open generosity of the 1998 vintage. Peach and apricot aromas are followed by flavors of hazelnuts, honey and spices. Of course, it is still very young, and, like all vintages of La Grande Dame, it will age for many years.


    External Review
    Vintage: 1998 11/20/2013

    The contrast of depth and brightness, or intensity and weightlessness creates a sense of harmonic resonance in this wine. All the aromatics are potent, from the scent of rising bread dough to the red skin of an apple, all the corresponding flavors rich yet refreshing. The firmness of the acidity seems to add briskness to the mousse, leaving a clean, chiseled impression of the chalk soils in which this grew. Once in a while, there is a young beauty who will age into a more profound older beauty; La Grande Dame is part of that rare breed.


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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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