Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2008
2008 ended wonderfully with the grapes maturing in ideal conditions. The harvests, grouped together throughout Champagne, took place between Mid-September and early October, in perfect weather. The quality of this harvest was exceptional, with great potential for ageing. Naturally then, 2008 was declared a Veuve Clicquot Vintage, the third in the decade following 2002 and 2004 and the House's 65th since its first Vintage of 1810. New to this 2008 Vintage: 5% of the wines were produced and aged in wooden casks from forests in Central France, from Allier and Vosges. This was to increase the complexity and aromatic richness of the gourmet wines. These cask-aged wines act as the spices for the blend. They bring very lightly woody, vanilla and toasted aromas.
On the eye: Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2008 is clear and brilliant. The gold color lights up in the delicate tumult of fine bubbles produced by its persistent and remarkable effervescence.
On the nose: Fresh, refined and elegant. Fragrances of citrus fruit and stone fruits (peach, apricot) appear first, which are then enriched by delicate, warm notes of sweet pastries (almonds, Mirabelle plum tart): a subtle alliance of freshness and fullness.
On the palate: The frank, lively and pure attack moves into a powerful, structured palate, delicately chiseled from the minerality of Champagne's chalky terroir. The generosity of the Pinot Noir's fruitiness resonates harmoniously with the freshness of the lightly candied citrus fruit aromas (lemon) which are embellished in the finish with delicate hints of toasted notes and dried fruit (apricots). Vintage 2008 is the perfect combination of power, freshness and finesse, and ends with an incredibly long finish.
Fillet of quail
Tataki of farm-reared veal
12 months aged Comté