1978 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne (Previously $170)

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The 1978 harvest came late, starting on October 9th; it was also very small because of poor flowering, leaving very little wine for anything but standard non-vintage blends. This Rose is composed of two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay. It gets its color from Pinot Noir vinified into red wine from the Clicquot estate vineyards in Bouzy. The cherry pink color has a hint of amber to it. The heady nose is packed full of black cherry Pinot Noir character and perfect hazelnuts. This is savory, powerful Champagne, with wild, developed Pinot Noir gaminess balanced with electric minerality. This 1978 is a fantastic bottle for the Champagne graduate who is looking to explore the vinous side of Champagne. It finishes warm and rich, and I think it would be a perfect partner to duck rillette. This wine has vitality now and should still make great drinking at 40. -Gary Westby, K&L

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2010 | Send Email
Aged vintage Champagne isn't for everyone, and that is a good thing, since so little is saved. The very high quality 1978 vintage was hardly declared because of the small crop, making this rarer still. This wine came directly from Moet Hennesy USA, Veuve Clicquot's official importer, and has been stored perfectly. This wild and powerful wine is the perfect partner for some wild salmon- and no more than three other people. A second glass of this is mandatory if you wish to know the whole story of this complex wine!
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