Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label in Magnum
A champagne House is eventually judged on the quality of its Brut non vintage. It is in the making of such a wine that the true Art of Champagne blending reveals itself. This is an art in which the House of Veuve Clicquot excels. Our Brut Yellow Label reflects the superb vineyards we own and the consistent nature of our 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.
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. He will draw on priceless reserve wines for the blend: from 25 to 35%, sometimes as much as 40% to ensure the continuity of the House style. Each of these older wines - perhaps nine years old - is kept separately to preserve the unique qualities of the vineyard and the vintage.
First, Brut Yellow Label looks beautiful: golden-yellow, with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. Next it 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.
| Wine Spectator 91 points (Nov 30 2009)
There's plenty of finesse in this smooth-textured Champagne, whose flavors evoke apricot, peach, vanilla pastry and mineral. Racy, with snappy acidity providing energy and driving the flavors to a long conclusion. Drink now through 2012. –BS
Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Dec 2013)
The dominantly tart apple character of Clicquots 2004 Brut makes for a piquant and invigorating if somewhat raw overall impression, incorporating as well overt yeastiness and hints of almond, apple pip, and lemon rind. Insofar as there are impressions here that I would deem “mineral, these are a faintly sweaty and slightly metallic note in the finish, which manage to fit the wines brash personality. I dont fancy this gaining from bottle age, though I readily confess my lack of experience with older representatives.
One of the most familiar of Champagnes, the Yellow Label is finely made-a fruity while structured wine. It has both fresh and fragrant fruit as well as richness, a soft, creamy texture and bright acidity. There is no sense in bottle aging here-drink this wine because of its crispness.
|Wine maker notes
|Champagne Veuve Clicquot is offering a bubbly twist to entertaining with the stylish new Clicquot Ice Jacket - an innovative neoprene bottle diving suit that’s portable and impeccably chic. The Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ice Jacket is an ideal accessory for an intimate gathering or a grand party where a chilled bottle of champagne not only sets the scene but also, does it in style.
Fashionably adorned in classic Clicquot "Yellow", the tight-fitting Ice Jacket showsoff top stitch seams, attractive leather trimmings and sensuously reveals the bottle's elegant curves. The tailored insulated cooler bag is soft, light and durable and wraps around the Champagne Veuve Clicquot bottle snuggly with a secure side zipper and a handsome neck-strap.
Slip the pre-chilled champagne bottle into the Ice Jacket and anytime, anywhere, enjoy the sophisticated flavor of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. In the Ice Jacket, the bottle will retain an ideal temperature for two hours, preserving the champagne's aroma, finesse and rounded fruit forward appeal.
Versatile elegance at its best and true to Madame Clicquot's motto, 'only one quality– the finest,' the Veuve Clicquot Ice Jacket delivers practicality and freshness with a twist, combining the couture-inspired art of living with the art of tasting.