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"First made in 1969 to honour Nicole-Barbe Clicquot Ponsardin, the 27-year-old widow (veuve) who had to take control of the House after the sudden death of her husband. It is a blend of two-thirds pinot noir, one-third chardonnay, almost entirely sourced from the 382 hectares of estate vineyards (dwarfed by the grapes supplied each year by 1200 growers). Full gold, it is still remarkably youthful, reflecting its long time on lees. There are plenty of brioche and dried fruit undertones, but it is its vibrantly fresh, lilting finish and glorious aftertaste that inspires." 97 Points Australian Wine Companion
jaan. extremely fine bubbles w balanced citrus undertones. a v good complement with most dishes.
- Fellow Drync'er
Super fine bubbles, easy to drink; creamy hazelnut
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/2007
Vintage ChartRating for France-Champagne: 86 (slightly worse than average year)
Drinkability: quite possibly over the hill