2008 Veuve Clicquot "Gold Label Reserve" Brut Champagne

SKU #1258063 93 points James Suckling

 Attractive creamy pastry notes and pithy lemon citrus fruits on offer here. There's also a gently nutty edge of autolysis, all locked in nice and fresh here. The palate's bright, crisp and has attractive fresh lemon and peach-fruit flavours. It's a really tidy and more chiselled vintage for this wine.  (8/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Very elegant, this is chiseled by racy acidity that's swathed in the refined, creamy mousse and flavors of crème de cassis, preserved lemon, biscuit and dried apricot. Long and lacy on the smoke-tinged, minerally finish. (AN, Web-2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Assembling 35% Chardonnay, 5% Meunier and 60% Pinot Noir, the 2008 Vintage Brut is one of the rare vintage Champagnes of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and it follows the earlier releases of 1999, 2004 and 2012. Disgorged in March 2015 with eight grams dosage, the bright colored 2008 has a very clear, fresh, pure and intense, as well as complex nose, with brioche, biscuit and prominent Chardonnay aromas. Pure, dry, straight and elegant on the palate, this is a refreshing and lifted, but also complex and expressive Brut. It also has tension, grip and a stimulating salinity in the finish. This Champagne is excellent and should be served with seafood. (SR)  (6/2016)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
This is the best vintage of Veuve Clicquot I have yet tasted. Monsieur DeMarville is beginning to experiment with a small amount of barrel fermentation, and the merits of this are clearly seen in this 2008 wine. The vintage itself lends a rich, weightier feel to the wine, balanced out nicely against bright, citrus-focused acidity and a hint of nicely integrated autolytic character. One of the most pronounced features of the 2008 Clicquot is the variety and complexity of spice notes that weave from the nose through to the palate. In this wine Monsieur DeMarville has certainly reached greater heights, and I look forward to his future offerings.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
This vintage marks the first time that VC has used oak-aged wines for this blend. In this case, five percent. The clean nose leads to rich apple and creaminess. Freshness comes through on the palate with minerals and chalk. The mid-palate retains golden/yellow fruits and toasted almonds. Intriguingly long and bright finish. The final blend is 61% pinot noir, 34% chardonnay and 5% pinot meunier. Don't miss this one!

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
I couldn’t be more excited about the 2008 vintage in Champagne, especially when Dominique Demarville, the Chef du Cave at Veuve Clicquot agrees with me! The vintage offers the perfect balance of ripeness and acidity, and is no more evident than in the newest Gold Label offerings. This bottle is full of pie crust and golden pears, hits of clotted cream add a luxurious texture. The mouth feel is soft and warmly textured, but what sets it above any other vintage bottling is the vibrant acidity that lifts the entire wine from stem to stern. Vibrancy and richness in tandem make this wine eminently enjoyable now, but it will also be one of the longest lived bottles of Gold Label in a long time.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the best examples of the great 2008 vintage in Champagne that I have yet to taste. While many people only think of Clicquot for their yellow label (it is after all the number one selling Champagne in the USA!) I have always found the Gold Label to be not only their best wine, but one of the great Champagnes of the world. This might be the best young one that I have ever tasted, and has all of the features of a legend in the making. It is composed of 61% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 5% Meunier sourced exclusively from Grand and 1er Cru vineyards. This is the first vintage with Dominique DeMarville at the helm, and he has integrated 5% of large would foudres into the otherwise stainless steel fermentation. This is a bottle that has it all- big, nutty, dark cherry power from powerful Pinot Noir and incredible chalky drive and a near endless finish from classy Chardonnay. It is impossible to have too much of this in the cellar- it is not only fabulous now, but will improve for as long as you can keep your hands off of it!
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