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1988 Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage Grand Cru

  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Champagne Blend

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SKU: 187954-1988-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    ($130; LLEVHF00036) Brassy gold. Powerful, pungent, complex, lightly oxidative bouquet of toasty lees, apple butter, peach nectar, cured meat and dried rose. Full and chewy, with decadent dried fruit and nut flavors accented by deeper toffee and caramel tones. There's surprising energy here, and subtle lift to the flavors. Almost sweet on the long, toasty finish, with a persistent note of marzipan. I'd drink this now.
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: November/December 2006
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    This elegant, complex Champagne has a mature bouquet of smoke, dried red fruits, lemon and spice flavors set in relief by the bracing structure. Well-integrated and intense, with a lingering finish of roasted walnut, citrus and wood smoke.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2018
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Self | Rating:

    Bottle heat damaged.
    Author: Dana G77
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Corks were in good shape. The color of the wine was a deep golden color almost like a sherry in color. The nose was rich and toasty. The flavor was also rich, toasty and aged. Very rich in flavor and paired wondefully with the Gougeres. The second bottle was on the edge of being musty and slightly oxidized which tells me that I need to consume the remaining 3 bottles in the next few months before they pass their peak.
    Drink Dates: 2015
    Author: Rollieb
  • Anonymous | Rating: 14

    i may have received a dud bottle. the taste was 1 dimensional -- ALL toast, no fruit. was very disappointed in this. NV veuve was much better
    Author: johnswu
  • Self | Rating:

    Pale rose-gold color with subtle bead. Powerful, linear oxidative and lemon aromas gradually expanded to include honeysuckle, caramel, lime and brioche. In the mouth, signs of age in the lower register with strong acid keeping it fresh and vibrant up top. Barely medium weight (in the style of many 1988s), but it works well with or without food. Long finish.
    Author: darvid
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Plenty of fruit, slight toast notes. Aging beautifully
    Author: coffeemuse
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Rich nose of honey, baked pear, almonds, lees, floral. Fresh and layered, with flavors of almond, sweet baked bread, light coffee, strawberry, cocoa powder, and a hint of smoke. Excellent.
    Author: TheRhoneStore
  • Self | Rating: 18

    This bottle was tight and youngish at first. After 30 mins it starts to sing beautifully. Tropical fruits, sweet apples, yeast everything in perfect balance and very complex. No rush to drink this wine based on how fresh this bottle was.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2013
    Author: cinnamon
  • Self | Rating: 85

    way past its prime. Hard to evaluate
    Author: JCashman
Upon the early death of her husband, the widow Clicquot took the reins of the family Champagne business, transforming it into one of the world's most recognized brands. Among her many successes, she is attributed with the invention of the riddling table, enabling the mass production of Champagne. Today there are 382 hectares of vineyards farmed by Clicquot, which although widely distributed are predominantly in the Grande Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs, including plots in twelve grand cru sites. This is a considerable estate, but such is the Champagne business that it provides only a quarter of Clicquot's needs, the rest being purchased from growers who are under long-term contract. Much of the fruit harvested is destined for the "Yellow Label" Brut Non-Vintage, the most recognizable wine in the portfolio with its distinctive bright label.

Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile. 

Champagne is a challenging place to grow grapes. Winter freeze, spring frost, heavy rains, and cloudy skies in this cool, continental climate are the norm. Growers must manage a high degree of annual volatility in weather and blending across varieties and vintages is required to create consistency in the wines. Despite the challenges, Champagne has an ideal climate and terroir for sparkling wine production. Chalk-dominated soils provide drainage after rainstorms but retain sufficient water during dry periods, and cool weather produces grapes with high acid and low sugar levels, even in the warmest years. In the rare seasons when weather conditions are at their best, wine aficionados across the globe are blessed with vintage Champagne, one of the most age-worthy and delicious wines in the world.

Champagne blends are composed of the region’s three main varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Meunier. Chardonnay contributes a light body, high acidity, and floral and citrus fruit character to the wine. Pinot Noir adds body and structure along with aromas of red fruit, while Pinot Meunier contributes fresh fruit. Blanc de Blancs Champagnes are made from white grapes only, while Blanc de Noirs Champagnes are made with black grapes only.

Young champagne typically displays aromas of pear, apple, lemon, popcorn, vanilla, almonds, and cream. With age, Champagne can impart very complex mineral- and earth-driven aromas. For some of the finest examples, look to the houses of Moët & Chandon (Dom Pérignon), Krug, Louis Roederer, and Bollinger.

Champagne’s high acidity and festive bubbles make it one of our favorite pairings, and match it well with buttery, fatty, and salty foods. Classics include caviar, oysters, clams, creamy cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras, and popcorn.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 195 bottles owned
  • 56 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 89
    (Out of 56 collectors)