Bursting with tropical and citrus fruits, toasted brioche, crushed roses, a kiss of spice and a sophisticated core of saline minerality, this Champagne marries power with finesse thanks to its mousse-like texture that's backed with bracing acidity. This is a serious Champagne that begs to be sipped from a Burgundy glass, yet it's so food-friendly that you can enjoy it from the meal's beginning to its end. Cuvee 1911 respects an old Champagne tradition of blending multiple vintages that few houses practice these days; for this Champagne, Clouet blends multiple vintages; its current release uses a blend of half 2008 vintage with the remainder a solera blend of old reserve wines. Cuvee 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses, as well as the number of bottles Andre Clouet makes each bottling. This mono-varietal Pinot Noir Champagne is a blend of the estate's best reserve wines dating from 2001; the wine ages
Just under 20 acres in the grand crus of Bouzy and Ambonnay, Andre Clouet is a small family-owned-and-operated estate with a reputation for crafting serious, beautiful grower Champagnes. The Clouet family has long history in the region--in fact, current owner-operator Jean-Francois Clouet still lives in the house built by his ancestors, and he ages the estate's wines in the seventeenth-century cellar under the house. Clouet crafts a range of vintage and non-vintage Champagne bottlings, including the spellbinding 1911, which adheres to the Champagne tradition of blending three vintages to create a balanced, powerful wine. One of IWM's favorite Champagne producers, Andre Clouet's bottlings frequently begin our tastings with style and sophistication.
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