Welcome to Pop or FLOP
Ratings are necessary to better understand a sparkling wine.
I chose a simple POP or FLOP rating system. Anything I want to see again is a POP. Else it’s a FLOP. What ticks my boxes you can read find in the sparkling wine cellar.
Don’t take ratings too serious. A sparkling wine is good if it tastes no matter what rating it has received! Your taste is important but stay informed.
🌐 Region: Reims, Champagne
🇫🇷 Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 5% Meunier
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2008
📅 Disgorgement date: March 2017
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: –
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 69,00 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 16 Jan 2020
I avoided the big Champagne brands like the plague so far. I could not find anything special about this beverage. I’m not a fan of familiar, reliable and recurring taste.
Veuve Clicquot, is one of the largest Champagne Houses. It was founded in 1772. 1810 Veuve Clicquot produced the first vintage wine in Champagne. Non-vintage blends were standard at that time. In 1816 Madame Clicquot invented the riddling table to clarify champagne. Riddling is now fundamental to the traditional Champagne production method (‘La Methode Traditionelle’). Another invention was in 1818 the first rose champagne. It was made by ‘assemblage’. Assemblage is a method where white wines are blended with red wines.
With so many years of knowledge and some inventions in the pocket, it should be easy to make a good fizz, no?
Let’s test a Veuve Clicquot 2008 today and find out. A Millésime should do the trick. Disgorgement was in 2017. That gave the Champagne time to rest. Some of the acidity should be lost and lower the risk for heartburn.
The cork is of good quality. Madame Clicquot Ponsardin, known as the “Grande Dame of Champagne” is staring at me from the cork cap. ‘Veuve Clicquot’ means by the way ‘The Widow Clicquot.’ She took over the business from her husband when he died. She brought the house to fame.
Clear pale yellow colour. Very gassy while filling the glass. Afterwards very very fine perlage. That is a surprise. The perlage is soft, gentle and steady over time.
Not much smell. Some brioche accent in the background but it’s hardly recognizable. A little bit of green apple. Overall the smell is very flat and not attractive. After getting a little bit warmer, the smell changes. It’s not for the better. All the aromas that were hardly there before, are gone. It just smells weird. I cannot describe it.
Tastes like a watered down bubbly. Taste is very limited and short. There is some green apple and some brioche. You get punched by the high acidity. It hurts my taste buds and my stomach. There are no happy feelings while having a sip. I didn’t finish the glass.
POP or Flop
FLOP. The bottle is an expensive sink cleaner. Why do people pay money for the Veuve Clicquot 2008? I expected something for the price. The marketing worked subconsciously. I thought i’m immune. The drink is boring and not interesting. I have had many many other sparkling wines offering so much more pleasure. And at a fraction of the price tag.
It has super nice bubbles but a fizz cannot live from that feature. It’s not a great champagne but people clearly believe it is. The quality doesn’t reflect the price.
Click How to … drain a Veuve Clicquot down the sink, if you are interested.
I’m still thirsty. I deserve a good glass of bubbly. Let’s test another Champagne: M. Hostomme, Blanc de Blanc, Grand Cru, Millésime 2008, brut.