Following the magnificent year of 1999, the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Cellar Master decided to select those wines produced from the 2002 harvests to create the very first trilogy of Veuve Clicquot champagnes in the 21st century.
The Vintage 2002 is made up of 60% Pinot Noir, 7% Pinot Meunier and 33% Chardonnay. The choice of grape classification is of vital importance. The blend includes 17 crus only, which are either Grand or Premier Crus.
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Noted for the richness and creaminess of the two-thirds Pinot Noir, one-third of Chardonnay blend, this is presently on the elegant side but will fill out with more time in bottle. The bright straw-green colour and fragrant bouquet announce a very long citrus and apple palate, with touches of biscuit on the extended finish. Reputation and quality combine to make this wine a bargain.Rating 95 - James Halliday's Top 100, The Weekend Australian Magazine (13-14/Nov/2010)
A glorious Clicquot of course with more focus on high, fresh lemon balm tones than usual. Round and focused with fine vanilla drapery and aristocratic stature.Richard Juhlin (Apr/2010)
One of the best from Veuve for ages.Cashews, hazelnuts and stonefruit dominate. A brilliant champagne that lingers with intensity and will age gracefully.Rating 96 - Ken Gargett, Courier Mail (10/10/2009)
Big, ripe, full-flavoured style with powerful charry/toasty fruit characters and some strong nutty notes. 3 and 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine (Nov/Dec 2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2002 vintage has a pale gold colour with silver accents. It has a brilliant aspect and effervescence is lively and long-lasting.
The nose is very open, pure and complex. The Chardonnay gives this wine a refined mineral flavour accompanied with pleasant flowery notes of acacia. Aerating the wine reveals hints of yellow-fleshed fruit and pastries (brioche, marzipan). These give way to delicately spicy aromas, followed by elegant notes of liquorice and high-bred teas.
In the mouth the wine is silky and generous. The expectations promised by the nose are met and even exceeded as the complexity of this wine is superlative: simultaneously evoking fruity and floral, mineral and spicy notes, menthol and toast…This wine is quite simply dazzling with its wealth of aromas, and a deliciously long and powerful finish.
This elegant vintage is already remarkably well-balanced, and it will continue to enchant the palate for at least 15 years.
This wine can accompany the most refined dishes. It is eminently suitable for the most original matches. Try it with bass tartare, poached turbot served on a bed of fresh pasta, or cappuccino of Bresse chicken with candied citrus fruits.Keen devotees will enjoy it as an aperitif for very special occasions.