Mijo quickly put together a delicious steamed mussels as our late lunch and we decided to use the remaining champagne and opened the third bottle for pairing.
Champagnes and sparkling wines usually give me a bad hangover so I only drink it during special occasions or when there is something to toast about such as birthdays, Christmas or New Year's Eve. We had a half a bottle of non vintage Veuve Clicquot Brut champagne and we used it for a delicious steamed mussels and grilled sourdough breads brushed with salted olive oil. We opened a another one for pairing.
Tasting Date: week of January 1, 2013Tasting Partners: Mijo
Wine Name: Veuve Clicquot Brut
Producer: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Region/Appelation: Reims, Champagne
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay
Color Hue: golden light beige
Developments: medium body
Aromas: banana, citrus, melon, smoke, sulfur
Dry/Sweet: less sweet
Body: medium body
Acidity: medium to high acid
Tannins: low level
Flavors: banana, citrus, bacon
This wine is easy to romanticize because of the brand but it is a good wine over all. I also read the book The Widow Clicquot written by Tilar Mazzeo a few months ago so I was also looking forward to taste a wine produced from the Veuve Clicquot house.