2008 Veuve Clicquot Brut, Champagne (750ml)

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# FRVEUV08CE
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Grape Varietal: Sparkling
Review Score: 93WS, 93WE, 93JS, 92WA, 91W&S

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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. Disgorged March 2015. Drink now through 2028.

93 points, Wine Spectator (2016)

A lively mousse is the starting point for this wine. It is intensely rich, dense and still young, with a soft background to the ripe white fruits that are cut with lime. From a vintage year whose wines need to age, this follows the pattern, so wait at least until 2018.

93 points, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2016)

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. Drink now through to 2020.

93 points, James Suckling (Oct 2016)

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.

92 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)

Broad, rich and toasty, this wine brings to mind the scents of a meadow in notes of Queen Anne’s lace. Those earthy notes add weight and depth to the bright flavors of pear and lime, with firm acidity to offset the fruit ripeness. Classical in style, this is structured to age.

91 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2016)