A half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne. A beautiful golden-yellow colour with a foaming necklace of tiny bubbles. Pleasing to the nose, initially reminiscent of white fruits and raisins, then of vanilla and later of brioche. There is a fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the ageing in the bottle. The first sip delivers all the freshness and forcefulness so typical of Yellow Label with a symphony of fruit tastes following on. Here is a true member of the powerful Brut family, well structured, admirably vinous. The lingering aromas echo and re-echo, with each fruit or spice note distinct.
Background: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label manages to reconcile two opposing factors - forcefulness and finesse - and to hold them in perfect balance. This consistent power to please makes it ideal as an aperitif, and perfect as the Champagne to enjoy with a meal. A perfect example of harmony between delicacy and power. Dominated by Pinot Noir, this wine has a firm structure, round with a touch of Pinot Meunier. Nearly a third of Chardonnay gives it the elegance and finesse needed for perfect balance. A blend of 50 Crus, mainly Grands and Premier Crus. Consistent quality due to 25 to 35% of reserve wines.