In short, this is an outstanding vintage Champagne from Veuve Clicquot, one of the many brands owned by the LVMH group. I reviewed it in a bracket of nine Champagnes kindly contributed by the CIVC, and it had my vote for best of the set. Happily, it also isn’t particularly difficult to source.
Veuve’s 2004 vintage has a pale intensity lemon in colour, small bubbles, medium persistence of bubbles and is bright in the glass. Analytically, it has between medium and pronounced intensity aromatics of caramel, yoghurt, cheese, ripe strawberry and is fully developed in expression. But what really made this wine interesting was a pleasing roundness; a siren call that demanded for it to be drunk rather than spat despite forming part of a structured tasting.
On the palate, the 2004 vintage Veuve is dry, with high acid, a delicate mousse, medium body (perhaps a bit more) and primary flavours of lemon, strawberry, bread, dried mango and yeast. The autolysis and fruit characters are integrated well, and I have little hesitation in calling this out as an outstanding Champagne due to its long length, complexity and balance of flavours. Outstanding
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