The Veuve Clicquot Shopping Bag arrives at your door in a parcel, and as you unwrap the packaging you can sense the spirit of adventure and travel that is at the root of this precious gift. Presented wonderfully, the Shopping Bag, with its fully insulated bottle, has been designed to stay at a consistent drinking temperature for as long as 2 hours – making it the ideal gift for a birthday or picnic, or just to keep to one’s self on a hot Summer's day.
Adorned in its timeless Brut Yellow colour, the Shopping Bag Veuve Clicquot retains its culture and history, as established long ago by the infamous Madame Clicquot. Pinot black provides a welcome dominance and structure to the Yellow Label tucked inside – synonymous with the house wines of Reims – and a splash of Pinot Meunier keeps it suitably round. Chardonnay, of course, ties this package up nicely. Elegance and finesse are both there in large quantities in this well-balanced wine that comprises of between 50 and 60 different blends.
Assembled from as much as 55% Pinot Black, 15% to 20% Pinot Meunier and up to 33% Chardonnay, this assembly is combined with a high level of reserve wines from 5 to 6 harvests. These make up from as little as 25% to 40% of the wine, so as to keep consistent with the House's beloved style. Of course, purity is important where these wines are concerned, and so all are kept isolated to retain their premium flavour.
As much as the Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label tastes grand in its bad, it looks the part, too. Its incredible, shimmering yellow-gold dress is a sight to behold, made all the more arresting by its fine mousse. The assembly includes a particularly high percentage of reserve wines from several harvests (5-6 on average): 25 to 35%, sometimes up to 40% for the sustainability of the Veuve Clicquot style. These reserve wines, the oldest of which have been kept for up to nine years, are held individually, respecting the origin of the Crus and times gone by.
A powerful nose can also be expected – one which possesses a fruit-filled revelation that also speaks volumes with vanilla and brioche. On the palate, welcome to an attack you won't forget in a hurry. Structured nicely with a fruity dimension that harnesses the vineyards’ ability to create a wonderful structure, the Veuve Clicquot Shopping Bag 75 cl and Yellow Label inside is a delightful package of aromatic persistence, fruits and spices. In other words, if you're looking for a balance between finesse and power, you may have found your calling.