This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. The Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards they own and the consistent nature of the House style.
The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.
- FRA - Champagne
Veuve is in great shape. It's the ultimate `big house` classic: showy, with plenty of power and intensity. There are gently herb-tinged aromas, some white flowers, citrus and intense chalkiness. The palate delivers assertive vinous Veuve power, plenty of weight and richness, brisk acid and a firm tannin finish. Consistently brilliant. Rating 92 - Nick Stock, Good wine Guide 2012
The fleshiness of pinot noir defines this clean, fresh, primary and fruit-driven style of yellow plums and citrus, with a fine bead and good persistence. A sweet dosage leaves it a touch candied.
Rating 91 - Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2012 - 2013
Developed, slightly herbal/green aromas leading to an elegant palate that tastes of strawberries.3 and 1/2 Stars - Winestate Magazine (Nov/Dec 2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Brut Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden-yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles.
The champagne is so pleasing to the nose: initially reminiscent of white fruits and raisins, then of vanilla and later of brioche. Note the fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the ageing in the bottle.
The first sip delivers all the freshness and forcefulness so typical of Yellow Label with asymphony of fruit tastes following on. Here is a true member of the powerful Brut family, well structured, admirably vinous. The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. This consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the Champagne to enjoy with a meal.
Grapes from as many as 50 to 60 different Crus go to the blending of Brut Yellow Label. Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is:
· 50 to 55% Pinot Noir
· 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier
· 28 to 33% Chardonnay
These figures vary slightly from year to year according to conditions. The Cellar Master has to achieve the total consistency of taste, which makes Brut Yellow Label so immediately recognisable, so utterly reliable both in terms of quality, colour and bouquet.