The current Online Auction closing on Wednesday 16th September displays a rare collection of 50 cuvée from Veuve Clicquot going back to 1975 vintage.
All the bottles come from the cellar of a very fine wine collector from Champagne, particularly careful with the conditions of conservation of his wines.
Although Veuve’s Clicquot generic Yellow Label will never be an auction’s blockbuster, the famous champagne house also produces a few truly exceptional cuvées from its premier and grand crus vineyards. Always dominated by Pinot Noir, the best vintages offer extremely complex and refined wines. Here is our selection of the most interesting lots:
For mature rosé Champagne lovers, note these two particularly interesting lots, Reserve 1975 and Reserve 1978. The two wines have a very deep pink colour, a powerful nose and a structured palate, mostly given by the high proportion of Bouzy red wine (up to 20%) in their blend. The aromatic complexity and structure allow these wines to be paired with rich dishes such as a thick veal chop with mushrooms or a roasted leg of lamb.
Another interesting lot is this 1988 Vintage Rich, the first vintage of this cuvee ever produced by Veuve Clicquot. Vintage Rich is a cuvée that conceived especially for haute cuisine and whose bottles are now becoming extremely rare to find. It is a classic assemblage for the house, 2/3 Pinot Noir from Montagne de Reims and 1/3 Chardonnay from Côte des Blanc but with a higher dosage. A supple and round Champagne that can be served throughout the all meal, especially with cream based recipes.
Also don’t miss the 1989 Trilennium Reserved cuvée! Assessing the exceptional quality of 1989 vintage, Veuve Clicquot decided to prepare a special cuvée for the new Millenium. With a classic blend of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, this wine was bottled in April 1990 and laid down for over 7 years in the chalk cellars before being disgorged in 1997. Thanks to the quality and richness of the vintage, the wine was only dosed at 6g/l. A truly unique Champagne, wonderfully complex and highly recommended with gastronomic cuisine.
This sale also includes magnums of Vintage Reserve 1990, a great combination of perfect format for ageing, an exceptional vintage and an excellent producer. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs respectively represent 56%, 11% and 33% of the blend. A deep, rich and complex wine, perfect with crayfish, lobster, noble fish or white meat.
Also in the 1990 vintage, note La Grande Dame, the grande cuvée of Veuve Clicquot produced only in the best vintages and assembled exclusively from 8 Grand Crus: Aÿ, Verzenay, Ambonnay, Verzy, Bouzy for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay. A rich and round wine with long ageing potential and to be paired with scallops, seabass or grilled lobster.
This sale contains many more cuvées and vintages adding up to 12 vintages: 1975, 1978, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999. Cheers!
See the lots of Veuve Clicquot currently on sale