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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 4 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationDemi-Sec
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionChampagne
SubRegionn/a
AppellationChampagne
UPC Code(s)081753050351, 081753050368, 3049610000106

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2011 (based on 23 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.9 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 130 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by JWSOMMERFELD on 6/5/2015 & rated 90 points: Fine, long persisting bubbles. Medium lemon-gold. Nose of bread, toast, and red apple. Same on palate. Medium + acidity. Medium sweet. Nice. Not all that complex though. Medium length finish. Would pair well with spicy Thai food or serve as desert. (435 views)
 Tasted by Mr Coone on 4/3/2015 & rated 88 points: Not bad at all, but perhaps a little bit too sweet for my taste. A lot of apple notes. (792 views)
 Tasted by El Displicente on 3/6/2015 & rated 71 points: Light yellow color. Flowery nose: jasmine, lilies
Too sweet for me: apple-peach cobbler, shortbread cookies; distant minerality.
Lots of persistent tiny bubbles. You can even feel them going down your throat. Nice!
Almost no acidity with a short finish. (895 views)
 Tasted by TheWrongAlex on 12/31/2014 & rated 90 points: Strawberry, a bit of peach jam. The sweetness is in balance with the acid and structure of the wine. (1269 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 12/31/2014 & rated 87 points: Sweet end to 2014 (Tampines): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, lemon colour, fine bubbles.
Nose is clean, medium- intensity, with aromas of citrus lemon, green apple. Youthful.
On the palate, medium-dry, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body. Medium flavour intensity, with flavours of citrus lemon, green apple, and some honeysuckle. Medium+ finish.
Acceptable quality. Simple tasting demi-sec with none of the bready yeasty complexity. Somehow the neither here nor there sugar level gives the overall feeling of off-balance. (1566 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 11/30/2014 & rated 92 points: This are some of my fav bubbles after all these years. It's sweet but nice apple and citrus notes. (1520 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/12/2014: Veuve Cliquot Event at Quaglinos.
The Interesting twist with this wine was that once decanted it becomes a still sweet.desert wine . And thats how it was served. (1593 views)
 Tasted by Yme on 11/9/2014: Lemon, bread, honeysuckle with a tangerine finish. Sweet, too sweet for my palate. Better when paired with the various curries and side dishes making up an Indian Thali but still sweet. Why call it a demi sec when it is anything but? Need to try a few more examples but this style of bubbly may not be for me. (1280 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 10/19/2014 & rated 87 points: K&L Champagne tasting-SF. Nose of citrus and green apples with a hint of sweetness, more of he same on the palate, medium body, simple, refreshing, pleasant finish. (359 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 10/19/2014 & rated 85 points: K&L Champagne Tent Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Sweet but lacks complexity. 85 (1232 views)
 Tasted by Snowryeder on 10/18/2014 & rated 88 points: Too sweet for my taste (904 views)
 Tasted by ljl203 on 5/10/2014: Good pairing with Thai food. (1884 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 5/8/2014 & rated 92 points: Had and I loved.. Great finding good bubbles. (1691 views)
 Tasted by BigSchmove on 3/29/2014 & rated 93 points: this is so good to me. I just love this. The thing I learned is making sure it is not too cold. this served at the right trumpeter is not only good but it is conversation worthy. (1892 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 2/11/2014 & rated 86 points: Better sparkle and some complexity, this was better than the last. Still, waited too long to pop this one. NO more half bottles.... thedrunkencyclist.com (2105 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 2/10/2014: Well, waited too long. There might have been four bubbles total. Oxidated nose. Stupid half bottles--why did I ever think these were a good idea? Oh well, at least the wife does not want any now. thedrunkencyclist.com (2074 views)
 Tasted by vinniemontoni on 1/17/2014 & rated 89 points: Nice and sweet but maybe I aged this bottle too long. A little cloying and a slight bitten note toward the finish . Overall I liked it but not my favorite demi sec. (1256 views)
 Tasted by weiny on 1/10/2014 & rated 92 points: Gar nicht mal sooo süß (1269 views)
 Tasted by pilot360 on 11/11/2013: Very pale, almost clear with just a hint of straw. Getting a good flinty/smokey nose, toast with balanced sweetness of pears and red apple. Has needed acidity that keeps it alive. Palate is a with very ripe pears, moderate and noticeable sweetness giving it a nice roundness. 2nd time I had had this, and enjoyable both times.
Quite different than what I usually seek out in Champagne, and after 2 glasses, the sweetness sort of takes over, and has me seeking something with an edge. A 1/2 bottle between 2 people is about right.
Very Good (1812 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 9/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Light yellow color; ripe grapefruit with powdered sugar, ripe pear nose; rich, ripe grapefruit, ripe pear, pear syrup, mineral palate with grapefruit acidity; medium-plus finish (45 grams dosage) (1024 views)
 Tasted by MemorialWineFan on 8/11/2013 & rated 88 points: Enjoyable bottle. (2347 views)
 Tasted by guitarkim on 5/30/2013 flawed bottle: Oxidized (2762 views)
 Tasted by JonathanP on 2/16/2013 & rated 86 points: A perfectly serviceable demi-sec. Medium to light fizz with significant residual sugar. Rather straight forward on the nose and palate wih sweet stone fruit and red apple the dominant flavours. Decent for the style, but not overly exciting. (3539 views)
 Tasted by Rockoroberts on 2/14/2013 & rated 87 points: A good Demi-sec, however a little uninspiring.
Nice balance of acidity and sweetness - but it just seemed to lack some complexity and depth - in other words some 'personality'.
Some melon and hints of tropical fruit with a fine, rather reserved fizz.
Drunk with a goats cheese salad - which actually matched rather well. (3243 views)
 Tasted by jeremy@hk on 2/9/2013 & rated 90 points: Quite good. Sweetness was just right. A little bit of bread. (2987 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/17/2014)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, Dec-13, IWC Issue #10167 (12/1/2013)
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, July 2009, Issue #3, The 2008 Champagne Vintage
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, January 2009, Issue #1, Tasting Notes of Champagne and Sparkling Wines
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2005, IWC Issue #123
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/23/2013)
(NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Demi-Sec) Light yellow color; ripe grapefruit with powdered sugar, ripe pear nose; rich, ripe grapefruit, ripe pear, pear syrup, mineral palate with grapefruit acidity; medium-plus finish (45 grams dosage)  89 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/28/2009)
(NV Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Demi-Sec) Light yellow color; lemon chiffon nose; sweet lemon, vanilla palate; medium finish  85 points
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, What Wine Pairs with Cereal?, Episode #734 (9/8/2009)
(NV Cliquot Demi-Sec) #3; VaynerPAZZZ; COLOR-golden; NOSE-almond paste and cookie dough; PALATE-nice sweetness; reminds me of those sugared lemon wedge candies; a little baked bread as well; AFTER LUCKY CHARMS: good acid on the back-end; this is a little awkward; WS-88; GV-87/88  87-88 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2006
(NV Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec) A light, rather floral presence on the nose, with some crystalline flower petals leading the way. Quite precise, which makes a welcome change, with good acidity, minerally quality, but just a little hint of sulphur in the background. Smoky, textured. This is decent enough, and is certainly better than many of the other high dosage wines here.  15 points
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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Champagne

Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

Champagne

The vineyards of Champagne on weinlagen-info

 
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