Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Meunier French Champagnes, Reims France
A Champagne brand is ultimately judged on the quality of its non Vintage Brut. It is in the making of such a wine where Veuve Clicquot excels. An assemblage of fruit from as many as sixty different Crus, Yellow Label reflects stately vineyards and consistency of style from year to year. The predominance of Pinot Noir provides the structure that is so essential to Clicquot, while a touch of Pinot Meunier rounds out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine.
It is the pursuit of excellence, a devotion to the art of Methode Traditionelle and the exceptional quality of fruit which are the fundamentals. Traditionally Pinot Noir dominates the cepage followed by Chardonnay and a fifth of Pinot Meunier, depending on the conditions of vintage. The Cellar Master has to achieve the total consistency of taste, which makes Brut Yellow Label so immediately recognisable, so utterly reliable in terms of quality, palate and bouquet. He will draw on priceless reserve wines, sometimes as much as 40% to ensure the continuity of style. Each of these older wines, perhaps nine years old, is kept separately to preserve the unique qualities of the vineyard and vintage.
Golden yellow, a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. White fruits and raisin bouquet, vanilla and brioche, a fine balance between the fruit characters of three varietal grapes and toasty aromas from age in bottle. The first sip delivers all the freshness and forcefulness of Yellow Label, a symphony of fruit, well structured, admirably vinous. The lingering bouquet seems to echo, Yellow Label reconciles forcefulness and finesse, in perfect balance.