Clouet Un Jour de 1911 96WA
"Once upon a time, a few precious bottles were hidden away in a small cellar for more than 80 years. By a stroke of luck they were found and became the inspiration for a champagne tribute to the Golden Age we like to call One day in 1911."
VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir, therefore Blanc de Noir.
VINEYARD: Estate vineyards surrounding the village of Bouzy. Chalk and Clay soils.
WINEMAKING: Aged in Stainless Steel and neutral barrel.
AGING: 6 years sur lattes
NOTES: The domaine’s tête de cuvée, comprised of 100% pinot noir from Clouet’s ten best lieux-dits in the
Grand Cru vineyard of Bouzy. Production is limited to no more than 1911 bottles per disgorgement. The Clouet family has been growing grapes in Bouzy and Ambonnay since 1751 and been making and selling estate bottled Champagne since 1900. Some of the vineyards the family now farms (owned by Jean François Clouet’s mother Françoise) were a gift to her ancestor from Napoleon on said ancestor’s retirement. Andre Clouet’s 10 hectares of estate vineyards are still in the villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay. The estate operation which specializes in Pinot Noir-only cuvees is now run by Jean François Clouet (owner, manager, promoter, motive force, force of nature. 1991 bottles per release.
96 Robert Parker WA
The NV Un jour de 1911... is another 100% Bouzy Pinot Noir with an ancient label design. The shining golden-colored cuvée combines ripeness, complexity and finesse with intensity and elegance on both the nose and palate. It's a powerful and rich yet very fine and balanced Champagne with great freshness and complex length. It is juicy and intense but also highly delicate, and its mineral tension and persistent finish make it a first-class wine for elaborate dishes. A great Champagne, with a label that doesn't give any more detailed information regarding vintages or disgorgement date, but we know it's always a 50/50 blend of three vintages (including one great millésime at least 10 years old) and reserve wines from a solera system. I tasted the wine as a Brut with Clouet's German importer in Bremen. You shouldn't drink it too early, as it would be a waste of its talents. (4/2021)