Vintage Champagnes

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Distinctive and powerful, each Vintage is the unique expression of a single harvest chosen for its remarkable quality and loyalty to the House’s style. Vintages with exceptional qualities and unparalleled aging potential are carefully preserved for decades at the heart of Veuve Clicquot’s chalk cellars in Reims, maturing into the Cave Privée.


1989 marked the return of the hot, dry vintages, similar to the legendary years of 1945, 1959 and 1964. After very early budding, the vines suffered from a cold spell. On April 27, a severe spring frost hit a large section of the Champagne vineyard. The Vallée de la Marne and the East of the Montagne de Reims suffered enormous damage, whereas the Côte des Blancs remained intact. Overall, thanks to its very advantageous location in the heart of the best vineyards in Champagne, the House vineyard was spared. Later on, summer conditions set in, allowing the vine to regain its normal cycle. A few cold days, when the vines were in the sensitive flowering period, temporarily clouded our hopes for a good quality harvest. But these worries soon disappeared as exceptional weather soon set in and continued for a long time. From mid-June right up to harvesting, there was a succession of hot sunny days. The first grapes, ripened in perfect conditions, were picked on September 4 in our Côte des Blancs Grands Crus. The Pinots Noirs and the Meuniers were left to ripen a few more days before picking, which gave grapes of perfect quality in an excellent state of health. In the end, an average degree of 10° GL was obtained for the whole of the vineyard, with some vines even approaching 11° GL.

Cave Privée 1989 is made up of wines from 25 Grands and Premiers Crus from regions in the Montagne de Reims, the Grande Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
The blend is 66% Pinot noir and 34% Chardonnay.

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Tasting Notes


Strong gold colour with fine and persistent bead


Ripe and dried fruit and exotic spice

Discreet notes of saffron, star Anise,

sandalwood and eau de vie

The 1989 vintage is full of surprises. Hot weather made for supple, full and round wines which we rediscover today full of assertive youth and unexpected freshness. Full-flavored and immediate, the structure provided by the Pinot Noir makes the taste/palate strong, with remarkable presence and length in finish.


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Episode #2 : Marie-Pascale, Manual dressing

Episode #2 : Marie-Pascale, Manual dressing

Marie-Pascale was born and raised in Champagne, as were her parents. She works in the specialty bottle-labeling workshop, meticulously dressing the most distinguished bottles of the House – often by hand. This job is a true art form that can employ leather, plated gold, or other high-end materials. The first thing you notice about champagne is its bottle – so it must be perfect – to represent the quality of Veuve Clicquot. Discover Marie-Pascale’s story.

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