1999 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve
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Clicquot's signature brut non-vintage is loved the world over for its crisp, full flavors, consistent quality and celebratory yellow label. This classically-styled, dry Champagne is a blend of two-thirds black grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) for body, balanced with one-third Chardonnay for elegance. It has a fine persistent sparkle and golden Champagne color. Its complex nose of apple, citrus and caramel is followed by full flavors with elegance, crispness and a slightly spicy finish.
Wine.comA blend of about twenty Premiers and Grands Crus, the Vintage has the power of Pinot Noir, balanced by the finesse and elegance of Chardonnay. It is the perfect expression of the House style, proving that champagne can be a great wine and,as such, makes a perfect accompaniment for many dishes, developing its qualities as the years go by. It goes well with spiny lobster prawns, scallops and sea fish as well as poultry and white meat. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE: A mild winter led to an early bud-break, and a hot month of May produced premature flowering. The first part of Summer had mixed weather, with alternating rain and hail interspersed with drier spells, and low temperatures for the season. The second, however, took on a southern accent, with a drought near to resembling a heat wave. The rain which preceded the harvests encouraged the grapes to ripen and produce a large and qualitative harvest. Components: The 1999 Vintage Reserve is comprided of 21 crus only, which are either Grands or Premiers Crus, from the Montagne de Reims, Grande Vallee de la Marne and Cote des Blanc areas. 55% Pinot Noir 12% Pinot Meunier 33% Chardonnay Pretty bouquet of orange peel, freshly buttered bread and light malt. Great balance and finesse with tart citrus and caramel flavors, and soft acid backing. Foamy notes in the close with a touch of spicy ginger in this well-integrated wine. -Wine News
International Wine CellarOrange-tinged pink color. Aromas of smoky cherry, strawberry preserves and rooty sassafras are accented by dried spices . A fairly rich style, with full body and substantial weight. Shows creamy orange and cocoa flavors, with suggestions of toffee and maple on the back. This dense, powerful Champagne will stand up to rich food but may be a bit overwhelming as an aperitif.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesNot unlike its mate in its slight understatement and austerity, this one seems less fruity overall despite the influence of a riper red wine in its midst, and while its refined mousse is right on point, the wine's austerity in the face of some latter palate coarseness leaves it going in two directions at once.
Wine Spectator"A waxy texture sets the stage for the graphite, honey and whole-grain bread notes. It shows some intensity, a fine mousse and open structure for aging. Good length. Drink now."