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The house of Veuve Clicquot is most famously known for their Brut Non Vintage yellow label champagne. It is a blend of different grape varieties with the prominent grape being Pinot Noir for the structure and Pinot Meunier to round the blend. They also add Chardonnay for the elegance and finesse that is essential in champagne.
Grapes from as many as 50 to 60 different Crus go to the blending of Yellow Label. Traditionally the proportion of each grape variety used is; 50 to 55% Pinot Nori, 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier and 28 to 33% Chardonnay.
It is not a fixed amount of grapes that go into the yellow label, it depends on the year and how the conditions for the grapes have grown. The chef de Caves has to achieve the total consistency of taste, which makes Yellow Label so immediately recognisable and always reliable, both in terms of colour and quality.
To make then blend consistent every year, he will draw on priceless reserve wines to give the blend its consistent flavour.
On the eye, Yellow label is a beautiful golden-yellow colour. When you take in the aroma you initially sense white fruits and raisins, then vanilla and later of brioche. On the palate you receive freshness and forcefulness that is so typical of Yellow label with a symphony of fruit taste following on.
This particular Yellow label has been give a specially shaped gift box that means a lot to the Veuve Clicquot Family. The gift tin look just like a sardine tin which is not an accident. Beck in 1813, when Napoleon had his empire, he made Madam Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s father a Baron and granted him a coat of arms. He decided to choose his family crest but put a sarcastic twist on his own name, ‘Ponsardin’. The coat of arms he selected was a bridge (Pont in French) and beneath it a sardine, to make Pon(t)sardin(e). This playful play on words keeps Veuve Clicquot fresh, and placing their famous yellow in a Sardine tin shaped gift tin is a very clever and innovative idea on behalf of Veuve.
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