Continuity of style is all-important to Veuve Clicquot, and it is displayed year after year in Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec. Like Brut Yellow Label, Demi-Sec is a blend of several good years, but behind its white label is a very different wine, sweeter yet equally mature and balanced. Demi-Sec is a Champagne blended from wines of several good years, each one made of the grapes of Veuve Clicquot's legendary Premiers and Grands Crus.
The blend comprises about 56% Pinot Noir, about 28% Chardonnay and about 16% Pinot Meunier. The glorious sweetness of Demi-Sec derives from a weighty dosage of sugar mixed with reserve wine. This is added during dégorgement, after the second fermentation, producing a more soft and supple balance but always retaining the freshness so essential in a sweet wine.
The wine is bright and clear, a rich yellow colour with golden shades, with a persistent and delightful sparkle. On the nose it is rich and intense, dominated by nutty, spicy aromas- almonds, nougat, honey and ginger. It is of course sweet on the palate, but this is a refreshing sweetness, not in the least cloying.
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