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It is also the first vintage since the 1960s to use wooden fermentation and ageing vessels for the wines and is the first vintage to feature the disgorgement date on the label.
The 2008 vintage will reappear as a second release in the future under the Cave Privée label, which is reserved for wines which have undergone extended ageing both on and off the lees.
Veuve Clicquot’s next vintage release would be the 2012 vintage followed by the 2015 vintage, so they will only have produced a vintage three times in the last 10 years.
Shimmering green-gold. Easily up several notches from the bottle. Perfect balance of freshness, ripe acidity and complex vinosity to come. Near perfect wine, patina of seasoned spice of subtle oak.
The 2008 vintage is made up of 61% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier. 5% fermentation in large oak foudres.
In 1772, Philippe Clicquot founded a wine-making business under the name Clicquot. In 1798, his son François, who had taken over the family enterprise, married Barbe Nicole Ponsardin. At the time of François' death in 1805, the young 27-year-old widow decided to continue her husband’s legacy. A woman of vision, she became the driving force behind the prestige and success of the brand, which in 1810 was renamed Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.Ever in pursuit of excellence and innovation, in 1816 Madame Clicquot invented the riddling table with the aim of obtaining clarified champagnes of unrivalled quality. She became known by her contemporaries as the "Grand Dame of Champagne", in recognition of her audacity and determination. Row by row, Madame Clicquot used her skills to develop an exceptional wine-growing territory, consisting of 515 hectares in the heart of the Champagne region’s finest vineyard estates.Today, both in France and abroad, the Veuve Clicquot brand continues to embody the values held dear by Madame Clicquot: modernity and audacity blended together with an emphasis on quality and expertise that are second to none.
Made only in exceptional years, this wine is a blend of Grands and Premier Crus, and all harvested in the same year. The strength due to two-thirds of black grapes is balanced by finesse and elegance of the remaining third of Chardonnay.
Veuve Clicquot Vintage made its appearance in 1810. The following year in 1811 after a comet crossed the Champagne sky this vintage became known as the “Year of the Comet”.