Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s 2004 vintage rosé champagne is the perfect sparkling charmer


Want to drink a delicious rosé champagne with plenty of character? Put the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne 2004 Vintage Rosé Brut to a taste. This 2004 vintage rosé is elegant, fresh and complex at the same time. The colour is a salmon pink and it has a persistent and fine mousse, well integrated fruit flavours and a delicate touch of brioche and almonds. The nose is very pleasant with red fruit aromas (strawberry, raspberry, some violet), vanilla and yeasty notes and tertiary aromas that reminded me of toast, mocha and coffee. On the palate there is a predominant flavour of red fruits, mainly wild strawberries, but also flavours of citrus, dried stone fruits and a mineral, earthy taste typical of this kind of champagne. There is a touch of spices – pepper and vanilla- especially in the long and subtle finish. The 2004 vintage has still ageing potential; it could easily age another 5-7 years.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 2004 vintage rosé is a blend of 67% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay and 7% Pinot Meunier. Red wine (13%) from the Bouzy vineyard (Grand Cru de Pinot Noir) has been added to give the blend a deeper colour, more body and concentration.The pigmentation in rosé champagne is usually achieved by adding a little red wine to an existing blend, or, by using the saignée method, when the red grapes (Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier) are macerated with their skins for a short period of time. The current blend includes at least 17 (some say even 20) crus, all Grand or Premier Crus. These are located in the Montagne de Reims including Pinot Noir from Verzenay (Grand Cru) and Pinot Meunier from Ludes (Premier Cru), in the Grande Valléede la Marne with Pinot Noir from Aÿ (Grand Cru) and in the Côte des Blancs where Le Mesnil-sur-Oger constitutes one of the best Chardonnay (Grand Cru) vineyards.

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, but it was his daughter-in-law, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin who would catapult it to greatness. The first person to make rosé champagne was Philippe Clicquot in the year 1775. Almost 50 years later, in 1822 Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin followed in his footsteps to produce the first vintaged rosé champagne.


You can read more about story of the Veuve (French for widow) Cliquot in Tilar J. Mazzeo’s book,The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It. The book is not only an interesting read about the champagne side of things, but also about the up and coming business side of the champagne brand Veuve Clicquot.

Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is often considered the first businesswoman of the modern era. Knowing she couldn’t do it all by herself she enlisted help wisely, took risks and initiated new technological innovations (including the invention of remuage or riddling) in addition to having a sixth sense for strategic business opportunities. One of her triumphs was to defy Napoleon’s export blockade with a secret shipment of her Champagne to Russia, one of the markets she developed during her rein. Toward the end of her life she wrote to her great-grandchild: “The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow. One must go before others, be determined and exacting, and let your intelligence direct your life. Act with audacity.” “And, get the taste of it!”

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