VEUVE CLICQUOT - Rosé Reserve 1985Vintage rose champagne
Veuve Clicquot was almost certainly the first House to export Rosé Champagne, in 1775. It has since become one of the House's speciality with more than 200 years of unequalled know-how and tradition. Veuve Clicquot has since then been elaborating the best vintage Rosé in the most exceptional years like the famous Clicquot Rosé 1928.
The 1985 Vintage will be remembered for the quality of the harvest as well as for the dramatic winter frosts. Indeed, during January, the temperature reached -25°C for several days. This wave of exceptionally cold weather had a considerable effect on the vineyards; more than 2,000 hectares had to be replaced. The Pinot Noir located in the Montagne de Reims suffered most from these frosts.
At the end of April spring frosts caused more damage in the North West of the Montagne de Reims. Fortunately though, July was splendid and flowering took place under good conditions. An exceptionally warm autumn season, with the harvest beginning in early October, led to very good quality grapes picked in ideal harvest conditions.
This cuvée consists of 17 Crus, all Grands or Premiers Crus. It is dominated by the force and fullness of black grapes (49% Pinot Noir, 14.5% of Pinot Meunier) and tempered by the elegance and finesse of 36.5% Chardonnay. This cuvée is characterised by the addition of 14 % Pinot Noir from Bouzy vinified as red wine, harvested from the House vineyard.
The wine?s appearance is full of life, rich in colour, pink with orange tints. It has a fine effervescence. On the nose, it is very complex, reminiscent of small red wild fruits. The aromatic structure is very subtle, built around the mineral, even animal (leathery) tones typical of Pinot Noir. In the mouth, it shows off its powerful structure, with a remarkable length and delicious fruit overtones.
A wine of such refinement would be an elegant partner to cold meats, feathered game and lamb. It suits certain soft, creamy cheeses (Brillat-Savarin, Chaouce...) or such firm textured cheeses as Cantal or Salers.