Sunday, January 06, 2013

Everyday Wine in the City - Veuve Clicquot Brut non-vintage

Veuve Clicqout Brut - New YearFor this weekend, we opened our last bottle of this Veuve Clicquot champagne. It was one of the three bottles we set aside for the New Year countdown. Four friends came over to our house on New Year's Eve and we only finished a little over a  bottle. I quickly resealed the unfinished second bottle for later.

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.

Veuve Clicqout Brut
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, 2013
Tasting Partners: Mijo 
Wine Name: Veuve Clicquot Brut 
Producer: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 
Region/Appelation: Reims, Champagne
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay 
Vintage: non-vintage
Alcohol: 12%
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
Veuve Clicquot Brut - Paired with Steamed Mussels

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. 


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