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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, making up the Cave Privée.

Cave Privée 1982

Despite a late start, the vine proceeded to develop as normal under very favorable climatic conditions. The bunches formed very well for all three varieties and the vine, which had been producing very little in the past two years, gave its all. Highly sunny weather in September meant this large harvest matured well. A few attacks of downy mildew were noted in June and July, as well as an invasion of red spider mites at the end of the season, hopefully with no significant damage on the vines. Picking began around September 17 and 20, depending on the Crus and the record amount of this harvest exceeded that of 1970. In spite of the quantity, the quality of the musts was good thanks to favorable climatic conditions.

Cave Privée 1982 is made up of wines from 9 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

ROBE

Gold color, with reflections of amber

Effervescence is light and delicate,

presenting itself subtly and slowly.

AROMAS

Dried fruit

Hints of cocoa, salted caramel and candied citrus

The palate is surprisingly youthful, its minerality emphasizing the wine’s freshness, with a finish that ends with notes of sandalwood and dried apricot.

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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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Cave Privée 1982