Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012
Veuve Clicquot have an excellent reputation for producing a classic vintage expression of the house style. The pale green-gold colour and fine mousse belie the power that begins to reveal itself on the nose and finally explodes in the mouth. The richness is balanced throughout with finesse and delicacy, a fine achievement for a quality conscious producer.
Vintage 2012 is the expression of a prodigious harvest, despite an extremely challenging climate throughout the year. Introduced in 2019, Vintage Brut 2012 is Veuve Clicquot’s 66th vintage champagne release.
In 1810, Madame Clicquot invented the first Vintage Champagne, in 2012 Veuve Clicquot declared the 66th vintage of the Maison. With grapes exclusively from Grands and Premiers Crus, Pinot Noir dominates the blend (51%) and provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, followed by Chardonnay (34%) that adds finesse and elegance essential in a perfectly balanced wine, and then Meunier (15%) that rounds out the blend. The uniqueness of the Vintage 2012 lies in the addition of 11% of wines aged in large wooden casks (foudres), bringing strength and aromatic intensity. The cask-aged wines act as spices to the blend, bringing very lightly woody, vanilla and toasted aromas.