1985 Veuve Clicquot "Rare" Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1041947 95 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine's elegance starts with the delicate, salmon-pink color and runs right through the luscious, succulent flavors of strawberries. It's chalky and lithe, the flavors lasting with an exotic edge of litchi and Brazil nuts. A beautifully mature wine, this offers tremendous pleasure on its own or with seared Coho salmon and wild mushrooms.  (12/2006)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Mature yes, but definitely not old. This wine is at its peak now, the fruit still amazingly fresh, but given wonderful complexity by toast, spice and almonds There is an intense acidity that leaves a mouthful of liveliness alongside the great depth of flavor. (RV)  (12/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This rosé Champagne is aging gracefully, layering flavors of coffee, treacle, roasted nuts, toasted bread, dried cherry and spice. Rich and elegant, with lovely integration of the still-vibrant acidity. The finish of smoke and graphite lingers. (AN)  (11/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Warm strawberries, cinnamon, pot pourri and dried ginger aromas give way to subtle hints of chalk and white pepper. The palate is fully mature yielding mouth-filling red berry fruit seasoned with a pleasant spiciness. Crisp acidity and a long chalky finish. (LPB)  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

This Champagne is composed of 63% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 4% Meunier and gets its color from 18% of the Pinot that is vinified red. It is dosed at 9 grams per liter, which was a surprise to their winemaking panel after many blind tastings because it was the exact same as the original 1992 dosage!

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Alcohol Content (%): 12