1980 Veuve Clicquot "Gold Label Reserve" Brut Champagne

SKU #1057276

What looked to be a large crop in Champagne was hurt by poor summer weather conditions, again leaving very little wine for anything other than standard blends. This wine is composed of 53% Pinot Noir, 37% Chardonnay and 10% Meunier. With a hint of green glinting through its golden color, it is hard to believe from looking that this Champagne is already thirty years old. The nose is super creamy, with a touch of grassiness just like in the freshest milk. In the mouth it is quite light for its age, with intriguing flowery flavors contributing complexity to the creaminess. The finish has both steely minerality and richness- a trait only found in great, aged wines! The 1980 should last for decades more in good cellar conditions. -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/4/2010  | Send Email
From another hard to find vintage, this wine will make a fine present for many turning 30 this year, and for any others looking for the real aged Champagne experience. This perfectly stored lot of 1980 Gold Label Reserve is mature, but not at all shaky!

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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.