1990 Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privée" Brut Vintage Champagne
*Top 100 Wines of 2012* This toasty, superbly mature wine is part of a series of releases featuring the house’s cellar-matured Champagnes. This emerges from the glass with complex flavors of almond, brioche, citrus and a hint of steeliness. The majestic richness of the wine has fully justified its decades of aging.
Rich flavors and aromas of bread pudding and molasses mix with hints of baked peach, biscuit, ground ginger, fleur de sel and candied orange zest. Elegant, this shows lovely balance, a subtle bead and a delicate yet persistent freshness. Disgorged October 2008. Drink now through 2020.
With a smaller crop than usual because of spring frosts and a huge amount of sunshine without excessive heat, 1990 was a truly special year. This wine is composed of 56% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 11% Meunier from 17 different villages, all Grand or Premier Cru. This wine is incredibly rich and toasty, as one would expect from Champagne aged in excess of 15 years on its lees. It has aromas of chantrelle mushrooms and fresh butter and flavors that I can only compare to the nutty glory of Corton-Charlemagne. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)