Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé Vintage Reserve 1996
ROSÉ RESERVE 1996 Our House is particularly renowned for its pink champagne, with a know-how and tradition dating back over two hundred years. More than a simple wine to be drunk on romantic occasions, this is the champagne for the true connoisseur and lover of good food. Veuve Clicquot in fact pioneered the production of pink champagne as it was the first House to sell this type of wine in September 1775. According to tradition, Veuve Clicquot Rosé Reserve, a blend of red and white wines, is only made during vintage years. VINTAGE The winter of 1996 was extremely cold and temperatures reached –15°C, although the vines were not damaged. Spring was dry and sunny and budbreak occurred between 20 and 24 April depending on the grape varieties. May was gloomy with cool temperatures and a few spring frosts affected the Champagne vineyards. Fortunately the Veuve Clicquot vines were spared, as their situation on the slopes makes them less vulnerable to this type of frost. July was very dry and the second fortnight produced near-drought conditions. A few healthy showers at the end of August provided optimal conditions for the grapes to grow. Harvesting started on 16 September for the most-advanced crus and took place under ideal weather conditions (hot and dry). The balance between maturity (10° GL) and acidity (10 g/L H2SO4) was perfect: the extremely dry summer weather had simply concentrated all the natural elements of the grapes. First tastings were extremely promising and gave a glimpse of wines with great aging potential. Harvesting the Pinot Noir grapes in the Bouzy grand cru vineyards, which go to produce the Bouzy red wine, took place on 1 and 2 October. The grapes developed extremely well, with a promise of good color and abundant flavor. CUVEE The Rosé Reserve 1996 uses the Vintage Reserve 1996 blend, which is made up of 59% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Meunier (i.e. two-thirds of black grapes), and 33% Chardonnay. This blend is completed with 15% of red wine from Bouzy using Pinot Noir grapes from the House’s own vineyard. The origin of the grapes is of vital importance, with only 20 grand and premier crus being used in this cuvée. They come from the vineyards located in the Montagne de Reims, the Grande Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs areas. SENSORY CHARACTERISTICS The Rosé Reserve 1996 has a good pink color with dark copper reflections. Effervescence is long-lasting and lively. The nose is very expressive, with initial notes of red fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant) developing into more complex aromas (fig, fresh almond and bergamot). All the qualities of the Pinot Noir are expressed to the full. In the mouth the wine is full of freshness and vivacity, with persistent texture and depth. The length and characteristics of this wine are exceptional. The Rosé Reserve 1996 can be classed as a mythical vintage as far as its maturing potential is concerned. Its strength and generosity mean it should be served as an accompaniment to a meal. This great gastronomic wine is delicious with dishes like veal served with chanterelle mushrooms, duck breast with red fruit or quail with grapes. However, patience is required as only time will be able to tame this wine in order to reveal its complexity and richness.
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Food Pairings for Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé Vintage Reserve
This wine is pale gold in color. The complex palate includes flavors of citrus, honey, lemon, apple, and toast.
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