2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1258064 93 points Wine Spectator

 A well-cut, minerally version, with a firm backbone of acidity and a lacy mousse, layered with flavors of baked currant, toast and lemon curd. Offers a racy, spiced finish. (AN)  (10/2017)

92 points Decanter

 Veuve have re-introduced partial barrel maturation with the 2008 vintage; five percent of the wines were aged in French oak casks to add seasoning and complexity to the final blend. There is a slight bronze tinge to the wine, with a subtle nose of tangerine and red berries and some oak creaminess too. The palate displays flavours of vanilla bean, mandarin and cranberry, and a really incisive finish. Well chiselled and complex, this is only in the first phase of a long life. (JB)  (2/2017)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 The color of a pink peppercorn, this wine is almost red in its depth of fruit flavors, a lovely essence of pinot noir with stamina. It feels grand at first, sweet in its crunchy cherry fruit, but the finish is savory, fresh and lasting, narrowing to a straight and elegant line.  (12/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 With an attractive touch of toastiness on this ripe wine, this is balanced and very ready to drink. In the house style, it is rich with a comparatively high dosage that gives it a soft character. Plenty of acidity and hints of red fruits provide a vibrant contrast. (RV)  (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The pink-orange colored 2008 Vintage Brut Rosé (disgorged March 2015) offers a very delicate, clear and elegant bouquet with juniper flavors. Clear, elegant and fresh on the palate, this is a round and well-structured, yet still very young Rosé with fine tannins and a nice grip in the finish. This is a refreshing palate cleanser that needs food or another 10-20 years to shine. Try it with pata negra or traditional Japanese dishes. (SR) 91+  (6/2016)

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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
The 2008 vintage for Champagne manifests itself incredibly well with Veuve Cliquot’s millesime rosé. It has an energetic acidity that converges with the ripe red berry notes at a beautifully crafted point of inflection on the back palate. 5% of the wine was aged in giant oak foudres to lend a rich texture undertone with subtle spice notes, and its yeast character is a delicate supplement to the lively fruit. I would love to revisit this Champagne in five, even 10 years!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
The 2008 vintage has rightly been hailed as a great one in Champagne, and this Veuve Clicquot Rose is a great example of this fantastic harvest. I drank this with Mr. DeMarville, chef de cave of Clicquot, paired with a long roasted chicken at Town in San Carlos- what an experience! The wine has incredible power and a nearly Burgundian savor to it which was very satisfying with the food. It also has the clarity and lift of the highest acid vintage since 1996. This is a wine for the ages... But it will be very difficult to keep my hands off of now!
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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
A lovely tangerine and raspberry nose with touches of chalkiness and smoke. On the palate, tart boysenberry fruit, black cherries and additional smokiness. Very, very fresh tasting with generous minerality. One of the best VC vintage Brut Rose's that I have ever tasted!

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2016 | Send Email
I was blown away by the 2008 Rose, it is one of the best vintage bottling I have ever had form Veuve Clicquot, period. They did an amazing job of capturing this amazing vintage, the wine is densely textured and full of red fruit and richness, but also shows a fine vein of mineral and finesse. Up front there are notes of strawberries and cream, raspberry sorbet and fresh baked biscuits, Rose in full bloom. From there, the wine moves into layers of candied rose petals, and fresh picked cherries. The length and persistence of the wine is amazing. Really well done.

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Other White Wines

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12