Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2008
The Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose is a true symphony of wine, orchestrated by Madame Clicquot in 1818 when she blended, for the very first time in Champagne history, a selection of the finest black and white grapes. With this wine-making method, consisting of blending red wines and white wines, Madame Clicquot reinvented rose wine, breaking away from the other champagne Houses whose rose wines were traditionally produced by macerating black grapes in colorless juice. Silky and structured, elegant and fruity, the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2004 stands up for its excellent ageing potential of at least 20 years, due to its high level of tannins and polyphenols which are natural antioxidants.
The wine has a deep pink color with coppery, luminous glints. Abundant streams of light, delicate bubbles rise delicately to the surface before gently disappearing.
The first nose is dominated by elegant aromas of red berry (red currant, blackcurrant) and firm fruits (wild strawberry, red plum, cherry). Fragrant hints of violet and lilac evoke the scents of springtime and autumnal notes (dried fruit, Spanish membrillo and dried fig) gradually come to the fore, together with a light touch of ground coffee or cocoa.
The palate is clean and dynamic. The wine is full and textured with a long, mellow finish (honey and almond). It combines a distinct structure with strikingly fresh flavors (liquorice, aniseed).