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Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne Yellow Label NV

France - Champagne
(113012)

$ 49.95

750ml

In stock, 3 available  
Rating:
TCG 91–92
WS 90
IWC 90

91-92 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(50-55% pinot noir, 28-33% chardonnay, 15-20% meunier; from 50-60 villages; 25-40% reserves). It takes Demarville and his team four months of daily tastings to make Yellow Label, tasting 2000 different wines and selecting 400-500 to make up the final blend. Their expertise is reflected in a gentle trajectory of refinement over recent years. Pinot noir leads out confidently with red apple, red cherry and mixed spice, over a toasty and bready backdrop of bottle-deprived complexity, finishing with subtle phenolic grip and good persistence. Lively acid line and well-integrated dosage make for a well-assembled, accurate and appealing apéritif. The 2008 base is still the best ever, but for a difficult season, the 2010 is a more than laudable achievement at this volume. (2016-2017)"

90 points Wine Spectator: "Lively acidity creates a lip-smacking frame for the flavors of Anjou pear, smoke, preserved lemon and white raspberry in this minerally Champagne. Drink now through 2018. (12/15/15)"

90 points Josh Raynolds (International Wine Cellar): "(roughly 50% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier): Light gold. Musky orchard fruits and dried fig on the mineral-accented nose. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering smoky pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of honey. Finishes on a gently spicy note, with very good cling and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Things have definitely begun to turn around for this bottling, which had been lagging behind the winery's vintage offerings for some time. (Dec 2013)"

90 points Wine & Spirits: "There’s a tight, floral raspberry essence at the center of this wine, its fruitiness held by brisk, flinty acidity that keeps the finish mouthwatering. A firm wine for poached salmon. (Dec 2011)"

17/20 points Michael Edwards (The World of Fine Wine): "A fine example of a deftly blended Non-Vintage cuvée: mature grapes transformed into a pleasing balance of fruitiness and expanding vinosity. Harmony is the name of the game. (Issue #37; 2012)"

'Silver Medal,' Decanter: "(12% alcohol) Straightforward toasty fruit and red apple nose. Structured palate, crisp and mature, with a lemon note and good length. (Oct 2010)"

(*) Peter Liem (ChampagneGuide.net): "As usual, this is based heavily on pinot noir (55 percent), with the remainder composed of 25 percent chardonnay and 20 percent meunier; 40 percent of the blend is reserve wine from vintages back to 2002, along with a small drop of 1993. It's richly textured in the Clicquot style, its flavors dominated by pinot noir, and the intrinsic class of its base vintage is felt in its tense structure and persistent length. It promises to gain more complexity with time: this bottle was disgorged in March of 2012, and would benefit from another few years in the cellar. Last tasted: 11/12."