Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has always been a sentimental favourite of mine. The Yellow Label was my first champagne love and Veuve Clicquot the house is where I started my champagne obsession, reading the book the Widow Clicquot. I love her story and the story of the house… a strong woman doing kick-ass things well ahead of her time.
Madame Clicquot is credited with inventing the riddling table, making the first vintage champagne and the first blended rosé champagne. Under her leadership, Veuve Clicquot also is credited with using the first brandmark on champagne and patenting the colour of the Yellow Label in 1877.
Bertrand de Mun, Veuve Clicquot’s Director for the first part of the 20th century, said of the famous bold, gold label… “Our yellow, so brilliant, bright and gay, reflects the concentrated sunshine that is bottled within our champagne.”
Every time I look at the vibrant yellow label on the bottle I think summer, sunshine and joy… it’s such a warm, vibrant, sunny shade of yellow.
And every time I drink a bottle of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, it makes me think of the song “Sunshine on a rainy day”… it makes my soul trip trip trip away to a happy place. (I prefer the Christine Anu version).
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Tasting Notes
Bubble & Flute Review
In a word… sunshine.
In a sentence… This is a fresh, vibrant champagne that captures the essence of lemons, strawberries and biscuits.
Moment or mood… anytime you feel like you need a lift. Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label makes me think of the song “Sunshine on a rainy day”… it makes my soul trip trip trip away to a happy place.
Where to buy it… all good wine retailers. Expect to pay about $70 a bottle.
*Bubble & Flute Champagne Style – Rich & Robust
Wine Expert Reviews
Wine Spectator – Tightly knit, focused by robust acidity and a streak of minerality, this offers subtle notes of white peach, anise, biscuit and kumquat. The refined finish echoes a smoky note. Drink now through 2022.
Tyson Stelzer… the 2014 base is as lively as I’ve seen it, leading out with tangy strawberry hull and morello cherries, energised by a focused line of vibrant lemon acidity, closing with the aged complexity of gingernut biscuits, bread and roast almonds. Its full dosage is well subsumed by its bright acid line, holding medium length on the finish. Not only a triumph for its sheer magnitude of production, this is a compellingly crafted cuvée and a fine drink. 91 points
Official Tasting Notes from Veuve Clicquot
Eye… Golden yellow, tiny bubbles
Nose… Yellow and white fruits, vanilla, toasty (Brioche)
- Fish tartars
The Technical Details
50 – 55% Pinot Noir
28 – 33% Chardonnay
15 – 20% Meunier
Blended from 50 – 60 crus (including grand crus, premier crus and crus)
Dosage – 10 g/l
Aged – for 3 years on lees
Reserve wines – 30 – 45% reserve wines, which may be up to nine years old.
Total annual production – 17 million bottles
What do you think of the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label? Next time you are drinking it see if you can taste the sunshine… and make sure you post a pic and tag @bubbleandflute #bubbleandflute #happychamper
*Bubble & Flute Champagne Style Guide
After more than a decade of champagne tastings with everyone from beginners to fully-fledged champs-snobs, I have developed a theory that everyone has a basic, favourite style of champagne they’ll always choose over everything else.
I have developed my Bubble & Flute Champagne Style to reveal your champagne style and suggest more champagnes to try, based on your style, that I think you are totally going to love!
Once you know your champagne style you will visit wine shops or shop online feeling more confident and comfortable selecting new champagnes because you know and understand what style of champagnes you like most.
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