From the elegant packaging to the silky sips sparkling post-pour, Veuve Clicquot’s forthcoming Extra Brut Extra Old champagne embodies the best of brand’s capabilities. This is a wondrous, well-priced premium cuvée and the result of internal invention. Cellar Master Dominique Demarville developed Extra Brut Extra Old, blending reserve wines drawn from 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. A composition of 47% Pinot Noir, 27% Chardonnay and 26% Meunier adheres closely to the brand’s Yellow Label but there’s a unique double-aging process: three years are spent aging on the lees (aka with yeast) in vats and then there’s another three years in bottles in the cellar before disgorgement—a process that truly marries all the wines together. Impressively, there’s a very low three-gram-per-liter dosage (thus the extra brut title). Beyond the bright color, the champagne’s crispness bursts with citrus, peaches and toasted oak. Rich, creamy and lightly effervescent, Extra Brut Extra Old makes for a highly desirable limited edition product for the brand.
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