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Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut NV (6 x 750mL), Champagne, France.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $74.99

$59.99 per Bottle
$359.94 per pack

Overview

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.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

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

Appearance

Brut Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden-yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles.

Aroma

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.

Palate

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.

Cuveé

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.

Vintage
non-vintage
Region
FRA - Champagne
Grape Style
Champagne
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
12%

Winery Profile

Brand Profile Image

Champagne house as famous for its eponymous founder, the first great champagne widow (veuve in French), as for its wines. Nicole Barbe Ponsardin (1777–1866) married François Clicquot, an owner of Champagne vineyards, in 1798. The wedding took place in a Champagne cellar as churches were not yet reconsecrated following the French Revolution. François Clicquot died in 1805, leaving Mme Clicquot in charge of the company, which she renamed Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The widow steered the house carefully through the turbulent years of the First and Second Empires, defying Napoleon's blockades to ship the wine to Russia, and finding an export market in virtually every European court. 'La Grande Dame' is credited with inventing the riddling process called remuage, and adapting a piece of her own furniture into the first riddling table for that purpose. She devised the famous yellow label, still used for the non-vintage wine. On her death, the company passed to her former chief partner, another shrewd businessman, Édouard Werlé, and the house remained in the hands of the Werlé family until in 1987 it became part of the Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton group. The house style is based on Pinot Noir grapes and, in particular, those grown at Bouzy, where the house has large holdings. La Grande Dame is Clicquot's prestige cuvée, named, of course, after the widow. In 1990, the Champagne house purchased a majority stake in the western australian winery Cape Mentelle and its New Zealand subsidiary cloudy bay, completing the purchase in 2000.

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