Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old N.V.


Champagne, France

750ml / 12% ABV

Grape Variety: 47% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Meunier

93 points James Suckling

  A new cuvée and an assemblage of reserve wines from 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 laid down in vats for three years, in bottle for another three, followed by a year's rest after disgorging. The freshness belies its age on the nose. This is still bursting with lemon citrus and peach stone fruits, pastry and gently spicy nuances. The palate has a mellow texture (lower pressure bottling at 4.5 atmospheres) and a seamless integration of glossy citrus and stone fruit flavors with biscuity, spicy and nutty complexity. Sweetness of time is all that's required as the dosage is a low 3g/l.   (10/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

  An elegant, mineral-driven version, with the delicate bead carrying subtle flavors of black currant, mandarin orange peel, smoke and ground ginger, well-meshed to the firm, focusing frame of acidity. Offers a lithe, lingering finish. Disgorged June 2016. Drink now through 2020. (AN)   (12/2017)

Jancis Robinson

  Pungent and explosive on the nose. Very pure and focused, this actually smells more youthful than the Yellow Label based on the 2013 vintage. Tight and very zesty with the most impressive texture. Despite the high refreshment factor, there is nothing painful about this. The acidity is extremely well integrated. Super fresh. Well balanced and impressive. (JR) 17/20 points   (4/2017)

K&L Notes

This Champagne is made exclusively from Veuve Clicuquot's fabulous library of reserves. Anchored by the 1988 Chardonnay from Cramant, this wine also has Pinot Noir from the Aube in 1996 and Verzy 2006. The youngest wines in the blend come from Aÿ with some 2009, and Ville-Dommange with some Meunier from 2010. In the end, the composition came out to about 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Meunier. The wine was aged for three years on the lees. The dosage is very low at 3g/l, but the age of the wines makes it show more like a dry brut than an austere extra brut. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

With Extra Brut Extra Old, Dominique Demarville has created a champagne using only their prized reserve wines, diving into the essence of Yellow Label, to bring it forward with new clarity. With some wines as old as 1988, Extra Brut Extra Old is an entirely innovative champagne, blending the best of history.

Very fine bubbles on the robe with an intense color with flashes of gold.  Aromas of candied citrus and ripe stone fruits.

  Pairs perfectly with crayfish, Seabass, veal, mushrooms, and matured comté cheese.

 




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