2004 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright orange-pink. Smoke- and mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, poached pear, rose oil and sweet butter. Toasty and broad but spry, offering vibrant red fruit and blood orange flavors that pick up a refreshingly bitter edge with aeration. Closes on a spicy note, with excellent focus and slow-building minerality. The fruit for this Champagne is sourced from up to 20 different premier and grand cru villages, including Ay and Verzenay for the pinot noir and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the chardonnay.
Wine & Spirits
Deep pink in color, this is a cherry-scented rosé with full pinot noir flavors. The texture is broad and round, its edges defined by pink grapefruit pith acidity. There's gentle chalkiness to the dry finish, making this appealing to drink now with salmon tartare. It should develop more depth of flavor with bottle age.
Still very young, with the crispest of red currant fruits. There are almond and quince flavors to go with the raspberry juice acidity. At this stage, the dosage is not full integrated, showing an awkward final sweetness. Age for 4-5 years.
Open-knit, this lightly smoky, fruit-forward version offers lively, citrus-tinged acidity and a base note of mineral meshed with flavors of kirsch, dried strawberry and red licorice, showing a touch of almond paste. Drink now through 2024.
62% Pinot Noir, 8% Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, 15% red wine, all from Bouzy. Winemaker Dominique Demarville has been investing considerably in red wine production facilities. Confident pale rose colour. Very racy, crackling, pacey wine with an attractively refreshing green streak. I tasted this wine immediately after Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 and it withstood the comparison well, albeit in a completely different style and considerably more advanced in its evolution. There is lovely energy to this wine which certainly could be enjoyed without food, even if Demarville likes it with lobster, lamb and even beef. Quite persistent. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2011 to 2016.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Virtually identical in encepagement to the corresponding white, but incorporating red Pinot from Bouzy, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut Rose offers abundance of fresh, juicy sour cherry accented with black tea and leather, a fine grain of tannin lending stimulation in a finish otherwise dominantly fruity and a bit extraneously sweet. I would plan on drinking this soon.