Andre Clouet Champagne Un jour de 1911
Type: Champagne Volume: 750ml
Winery: Andre Clouet
Country: France Region: Champagne
Alcohol: Packing: Original Wooden Case of 6 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
WA=96 The NV Un jour de 1911... is another 100% Bouzy Pinot Noir with an ancient label design. The shining golden-coloured cuvée combines ripeness, complexity, and finesse with intensity and elegance on both the nose and palate. It's a powerful and rich yet very fine and balanced Champagne with great freshness and complex length. It is juicy and intense but also highly delicate, and its mineral tension and persistent finish make it a first-class wine for elaborate dishes. A great Champagne, with a label that doesn't give any more detailed information regarding vintages or disgorgement date, but we know it's always a 50/50 blend of three vintages (including one great millésime at least 10 years old) and reserve wines from a solera system. I tasted the wine as a Brut with Clouet's German importer in Bremen. You shouldn't drink it too early, as it would be a waste of its talents.
JS=95 A rich and expansive champagne with tons of mature aromas of dried fruit (apricots!) and candied orange. Teeters on the edge of decadence, but has enough vitality to stay on the right side of that line. Plenty of textural complexity on the palate and a long, chalky finish that keeps giving and giving. Spot-on balance. Drink or hold.
AG=93+ The NV Cuvée 1911 emerges from the glass with the most haunting of perfumes. Sweet rose petal and jasmine are some of the nuances that emerge over time. Judging by the wine's freshness, this is very likely to be a recent disgorgement, but even so, the purity of the fruit and the extraordinary elegance of the mousse is hard to miss. This is an exceptional, elegant version of the 1911 that should drink beautifully for years to come. This is recent disgorgement, so the bottle I tasted needed quite a bit of air to open up. This is Lot L05, disgorged October 4th, 2010.