The colour is a delicate pink. The bead is persistent and fine. The initial nose is very pleasant, in a tertiary register on roasted notes, reminiscent of mocha and cocoa. The full bouquet comes to light on pastries. These notes develop into more complex aromas, with a mineral taste typical of red wines from Champagne. The bouquet is very mild, which is due to the fine maturity of the vintage, and preserves all its finesse. On the palate, there is an explosion of wild fruits (strawberries), emphasising the
impression of structure and freshness, whereas the aromas of citrus fruit and candied figs bring out the silky acidity of the wine. The overall impression is one of generosity, with a very mild finish on dried fruits (Pecan nuts). With its roundness and its delicate vinosity, the 1989 Rosé Reserve can be served with food that is delicate rather than powerful, based on white meat (chicken in creamy chanterelles) or pink meat (veal or lamb). However, with its considerable ageing potential, the 1989 Vintage Rose will continue to age well for more than 15 years.
The colour is salmony. The bead is persistent and fine.
The initial nose is charming, with notes of chocolate, red fruit jam and toasted brioche, tastes redolent of breakfast. As with the bottle, these notes develop into more complex aromas, with a mineral taste typical of red wines from Champagne, but with more marked freshness. Whatever the size of the bottle, the 1989 Vintage shows a very appreciable finesse. On the palate, the aromas of red fruits (strawberry and redcurrant) are
astonishingly youthful and dynamic and emphasise the freshness already found in the bouquet. At the back of the palate the fruits seem more mature, moving up to a more candied or even dried fruit taste (candied fig, hazelnut, etc.). With its roundness and its delicate vinosity, the 1989 Rosé Reserve can be served with food that is delicate rather than powerful, based on white meat (chicken in creamy chanterelles) or pink meat (veal or lamb). However, with its considerable ageing potential, the 1989 Vintage Rose will continue to age well for more than 20 years.
Wine Spectator 95 points - Rich and creamy, this is aging gracefully. The finely tuned acidity and lightly beaded texture provide an elegant frame for the layers of coffee liqueur, toasted almond, cherry bon bon, iodine and orange peel flavors. The long finish is tinged subtly with smoky mineral. Disgorged October 2008. Drink now through 2022.—A.N. (Oct 3 2012)
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Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée is the fruit of the mad audacity, intuition, passion and drive of the House winemakers who have produced more than 30 years of vintage wines. Guided by the crazy dream of being able to one day offer an exceptional champagne to wine lovers the world over, they have orchestrated the development of each vintage, taking care to respect and enhance the distinctive personality of each one. Today, Cellar Master Dominique Demarville opens the doors to the Veuve Clicquot "Cave Privée": a unique collection of rare, meticulously selected vintages. Jeroboam, Magnum or bottle – Vintage Brut and Vintage Rosé - each of the numbered bottles of the Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée collection conveys an inimitable interpretation of an exceptional year. Each Vintage of the Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée collection has undergone a bespoke disgorging and dosage, calculated in line with the year and size of the bottle. Thanks to the many bottle sizes, a single
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Wine maker notes
1989 marked the return of the hot, dry vintages, similar to the legendary 1945, 1959 and 1964. After very early budding, the vines suffered from a cold spell. On 27 April, a severe spring frost hit a large section of the Champagne vineyard. The Vallée de la Marne and the East of the Montagne de Reims suffered enormous damage, whereas the Côte des Blancs remained intact. Overall, thanks to its very advantageous location in the heart of the best vineyards in Champagne, the House vineyard was spared. Later on, almost summer conditions set in, allowing the vine to regain its normal cycle. A few cold days, when the vines were in the sensitive flowering period, temporarily clouded our hopes for a good quality harvest. But these worries soon disappeared as exceptional weather soon set in and continued for a long time. From mid-June right up to harvesting, there was a succession of hot sunny days. The first grapes, ripened in perfect conditions, were picked on 4 September in our Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. The Pinots noirs and the Pinots meuniers were left to ripen a few more days before picking, which gave grapes of perfect quality in an excellent state of health. In the end, an average degree of 10° GL was obtained for the whole of the vineyard, with some vines even approaching 11° GL.
The 1989 Rosé Reserve is based on the same blend as the 1989 Vintage Reserve: 67% Pinot noir, from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne, and 33% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. The addition of 12.8% red wine from the Bouzy Pinot noir of the same vintage completed the blend.
Each Cuvee is true to the Veuve Clicquot style and spirit, faithfully maintained from the time when Madame Clicquot was running the House under the motto, ”Only one quality, the finest”. Created with a majority of Pinot Noir in the blend, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne style is noted for a firm structure, full-bodied texture and rich aromas.
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