Do You Know Veuve Clicquot?

September 10, 2018

We love a great glass of Harlem beer, from Harlem Brewing to Harlem Hops, to Harlem Blue and many others, but wine is different.

The Robb Report writes that a winemaker once suggested the presence of the mineral lithium in the soil of Champagne, which perhaps helps explain the emotional lift that a glass of bubbly delivers. That happiness is amplified when the nectar in the glass tastes extraordinary, as is the case with Veuve Clicquot’s latest premium cuvées, La Grande Dame 2008 ($160) and La Grande Dame 2008 Rosé ($300). While Madame Clicquot was the original innovator behind the assemblage method of making a rosé Champagne (which was first released 200 years ago), a new mind now helms the maison’s cave.

Dominique Demarville, that Cellar Master, has taken a brave turn with this release, which would make many esteemed estates nervous—but which the pioneering widow would no doubt have applauded. He has dared to craft a Champagne from 92 percent Pinot Noir grapes, with barely a blanc in sight. For comparison, most Champagne is a much more equal split of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, or even mostly Chardonnay.

The brut has a fine but fierce bubble with a silky, creamy texture followed by fresh acidity. The surprise is that the coppery-hued rosé is even better than its cousin: It includes juice from a special plot called Clos Colin, giving it smooth tannins and a supple minerality and salinity. It has such an enticingly subtle hint of fruit that you wonder if it’s your imagination, so you must sip it again. And again. We understand if you can’t stop. Blame it on Demarville’s apparent risk-taking gene or the possibly apocryphal lithium, and thank Bacchus for magnums.

Perfect with a rack of lamb, sharp cheeses, smoked salmon, roast turkey in your Harlem home – enjoy.

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Harlem World Magazine, 2521 1/2 west 42nd street, Los Angeles, CA, 90008, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
We're your source for local coverage, we count on your support. SUPPORT US!
Your support is crucial in maintaining a healthy democracy and quality journalism. With your contribution, we can continue to provide engaging news and free access to all.
accepted credit cards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles