“VCP-VR-2004?” A new character in the Star Wars series? No, actually, that would be wine geek shorthand for “Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Vintage Rose Champagne 2004.” Which, as was demonstrated at dinner last night when it (at least initially) SMOKED a number of much more expensive bubblies right out of the bottle, is a remarkably good Rosé Champagne. “At least initially?” Because we (Robert Gilroy, Miss Carol and I) were tasting it along-side some very august vinous company – which was taking its collective sweet time to open up and show us what it had, while this wine – which exploded from the glass – captured and held our attention. Although served last, it was the first bottle emptied and I had to give up my last half-glass to Miss Carol. Ah, the things we do for love.
VEUVE CLICQUOT PONSARDIN Vintage Rose, Champagne, 2004
12.5% Alcohol. A blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 8% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Chardonnay (The same base blend as the 2004 Vintage) with 15% red Pinot Noir from Bouzy (Bouzy Rouge) made using straight-forward methode champenoise. Sensory: pale salmon in color and fully sparkling; dry, medium-bodied with freshly-balanced acidity and scant phenolics. On the initial taste, this is the best wine of the night. The others may wake up and pass it in a bit but this is showing the best fresh from the bottle. Mixed red cherry-berry and ripe citrus fruits beautifully integrated with earth and mineral, toast and richness. A delight in the mouth. Satisfying, long, delicious, and complete. GREAT food Champagne.BS: 97. ($82 and worth every penny)
“Ain’t no pain like Champagne!”