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
The standard-bearer, which, for many people, defines the classic taste of Champagne. Rich, round, lemony fruit fills the mouth, and there is a refreshing, lightly bitter, yeasty finish of citrus rind. P.G.
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. 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. Characteristics 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. 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.
Between 1860 and 1870, the House entered a new era in systematizing the practice of dressing bottles. In 1873, a vintage wine receives a "special dressing": a yellow label. In 1876, the vintage Dry British market is too yellow ... the yellow is the mark of special vintages of dry wine (or dry) for the Anglo-Saxon market. The fold is taken, agents and customers requiring this distinctive original. The yellow label "V. Clicquot P. Werle is filed by Edouard Werle February 12, 1877. The dark color will gradually so that the difference between the two types of wine, Dry or raw, or more easily perceived by leaders in the dark cellar. By 1945, won the yellow labels on the pulse of crude Bertrand de Mun ... and remains a leading brand immediate recognition of bottles of the house
In what many took as a sign predicting an excellent harvest year, a comet shot across the Champagne sky in 1811. Madame Clicquot used grapes from this “comet harvest” to make the exceptional Vins de la Comète, which would forge the House’s reputation for excellence throughout the world. Much like a lucky star, the symbol of the comet has remained to watch over the destiny of the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.