Veuve Clicquot has released its first-ever low-dosage, double-aged cuvée. Extra Brut Extra Old is blended from the maison’s extensive collection of reserve wines, which is one of the largest in Champagne, set aside to ensure the consistency of its flagship NV Yellow Label.
Cellar master, Dominique Demarville, has selected wines he feels best represent the Veuve Clicquot style for Extra Brut Extra Old, describing the new cuvée as, 'the quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot House, compounding our key values: heritage and innovation'.
The first release is a blend of 47% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 26% Meunier from the 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008 and 2010 vintages.
All wines have been aged for a minimum of three years on the lees in vats, with the final assemblage matured in bottle for a further three years. A very low dosage of just 3g/l has been made possible by Demarville choosing full-bodied and generous wines for the blend.
'Veuve Clicquot’s reserve wines selection has long been at the heart of the house’s identity,' commented president Jean-Marc Gallot.
'By delving into Veuve Clicquot’s abundant heritage, and assembling six years of its finest reserve wines spanning over three decades, Dominique Demarville has singled out the properties that make Yellow Label unique, and arrived at Extra Brut Extra Old: a wine unparalleled in purity of taste, intensity and silkiness.'
£69 RRP, Moët Hennessy UK, 020 7808 4390