I’m always saying Veuve Cliquot yellow label is overpriced. So who would have guessed that at last night’s blind tasting of seven bubblies at Main Street Wine Company in Huntington Beach I picked two Cliquots among my three favorites?
The rosé nonvintage ($66.99) impressed me with its creamy mousse, rounded fruit, and dry finish. The Cliquot Brut Vintage 2002 ($83.99) impressed me even more with its pretty aromatics of white flowers and its fine bubbles. I chose that over a Laurent-Perrier which surprised me because I’m a big fan of their rosé. Then I tried a Champagne I didn’t care for at all. It was super bright, much too lemony and acidic. I wondered, did someone overdo it with the picpoul in this blend? That turned out to be Cliquot La Grande Dame 1998!
So I’m still in a quandary as to whether I like Cliquot’s house style or not. Here’s what is certain. At every station I chose the most expensive bottle. (Bad news for my husband.) Second, I still love Dom Pérignon. Before the big reveal I called their vintage 2002 ($149.99) the most elegant and balanced Champagne I tasted that night with a perfumey nose, refined toasty notes, and a whisper of earthiness.
Overall it was a really fun experience and I would recommend this annual event, which included delicious nibbles and a bit of dessert in the form of chef Wonyee Tom’s sumptuous cheesecake bites from Tomgirl Baking Company.
Here’s a list of the upscale beauties they poured along with a friendly little welcoming Prosecco.—Anne Valdespino
Stellina di Notte Prosecco ($12.99)
Argyle 2007 Brut Rosé ($29.99)
Veuve Cliquot Rosé Nonvintage ($66.99)
Veuve Clicquot Brut Vintage 2002 ($83.99)
Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé 2000 ($53.99)
Veuve Cliquot la Grande Dame 1998 ($119.99)
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 ($149.99)