After fantastic growing year, the perfect grapes from the 2004 harvest gave rise to a vintage Champagne from Veuve Cliquot. It is often compared to its older sibling, the 2002 vintage, and of the two it seems the '04 has greater propensity to age well.
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin was originally founded, as Maison Clicquot, in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron. The business, at the time, was not exclusively involved in Champagne wine production, and maintained ventures in banking and the wool trade.
Champagne's most famous woman would appear in 1798 after marrying Francois Clicquot, the son of Philippe. Francois was most passionate about the wines of Maison Clicquot, and shared all of his knowledge of production and the business with his young wife. After the untimely death of her husband in 1805, Madame Clicquot assumed management of the business in spite of her age, only 27 years old, and the traditional gender roles of the time.
Under her guidance, the company was redirected entirely towards the production and sale of Champagne wines. The 'Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin' as she would sign numerous letters to associates, demonstrated exceptional business savvy which saw sale of her wines throughout Europe. She, alongside her Cellar Master, is also credited with creating the first rose Champagne, and with the invention of the riddling table; saving time and precious wine during the disgorgement process.
At her death in 1866, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is one of the world's most respected Champagne brands, with the signature of the 'Grand Dame de Champagne' marking every label of its wines.
Rather sweet, intense, almond/marzipan nose. Then brilliantly crisp acidity on the palate and very fine bead. The whole is extremely refreshing, tight, compact - already lots of fun to drink but it should keep well too. Good persistence.
Good development on the nose. Well balanced and grown up. Quite long and dense. Persistent and not too sweet.
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As a rough guide most standard (75CL) single bottles weigh 2KG and a case (12 x 75CL bottles) weighs 24KG.
In Bond storage is facilitated at Octavian in Wiltshire, the U.K's premier wine storage facility. The conditions at this old munitions base, 100 metres below ground are unrivalled, offering temperature control, In Bond facility and full replacement value insurance. The wines are stored under each client's individual "Protection Plus" account number, fully labelled and can only be released or moved with his or her written instructions. No right of lien can be exercised over wines held on each client's behalf. Client's stock can be inspected, by arrangement, at any time excluding November & December.
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Items can be ordered In Bond for transfer to clients own bonded storage accounts. We are able to action this process for a single consignment charge of £10 ex VAT, this covers any quantity.