Veuve Clicquot Gold Label Vintage 2004
An exclusive blend of about twenty Grands and Premiers Crus: 62% Pinot Noir - 8% Pinot Meunier - 30% Chardonnay
The exceptionally fine weather conditions in September allowed the abundant crop of grapes to ripen beautifully. So between 23 September and 13 October, there were harvested some very fine grapes in excellent conditions of health. The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full-bodied; the Chardonnay wines show a lot of distinction, and the Pinots Meunier wines add a touch of gourmandise.
The wine has a luminous, brilliant gold color. The fine bubbles rise delicately, forming a chain of little beads before gently disappearing.
The initial bouquet is elegant, opening on to aromas of crunchy fresh fruit (bush peach), citrus fruit and a mineral touch that comes from our chalky soils. The notes of violet and lilac are reminiscent of spring fragrances, and later on, notes of a more "bready" style, (hazelnut, crystallised quince, fresh butter) gradually take over.
On the palate the opening is clean-cut. The Vintage 2004 has a generous freshness; the Pinot Noir intensifies its role, lending body to a tense, very lively wine.
This wine can be served as part of a cocktail dinner or as an accompaniment to freshwater fish (pikeperch, arctic char or eel for example) or shellfish (crayfish, langoustines). Meat eaters will appreciate a delicious cushion of veal with crisp vegetables. Serve at 10 - 12°C, can be drunk now and up to 2020.