Part of a major Champagne tasting in my own tasting room this morning and consumed before tonight's dinner with foie gras canapaes. The tasting was in honor of upcoming columns for Sylvester/New Year's Eve celebrations. I will post all of my tasting notes but can do so only after the columns are published in my newspaper.
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Brut Rose Champagne, n.v.: Blushing peach in color, with a floral and berry nose, opening in the glass to reveal summer fruits, wild berries and notes of watermelon. Light but generous and vibrant, with a long mousse and sharp bubbles that last and last, all leading to a long, pear and mineral-rich finish. Drink now-2014. Score 91. (Re-tasted 19 Nov 2010)
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Brut Rose, 2004, Champagne: The color of blushing pink peaches, a round and light- to medium-bodied Champagne opening to reveal strawberry, citrus and cherry fruits. Fine, concentrated bubbles and a light yeasty overtone add charm to a delightful wine. Drink now-2014. Score 91. (Re-tasted 19 Nov 2010)