Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
91 pts. Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2003
This strikes a nice balance between fruit and sweetness, retaining plenty of fresh fruity acid structure. It’s like a sparkling Vouvray but with texture and depth; nothing sugary here. The flavors extend smoothly into a clean and layered finish.
90 pts.Wine & Spirits: December 1, 2001
Veuve Clicquot consistently produces one of the best dessert Champagnes, soft and clean rather than directly sweet. This has the toasty scent of roasted coffee beans, of pignoli nuts and toasted almonds. Those balance a floral element, bringing dried roses and lemon verbena to mind. Serve this with a pignoli or marzipan tart.
89 pts. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Nov/Dec 1997
Very subtle yeasty nose hints at exotic fruits. Medium-sweet, intensely fruity and very generous in the mouth. Easygoing and attractive, with harmonious, ripe acidity and excellent length. As always, one of the handful of excellent off-dry Champagnes.
89 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 1, 2013
This is a rich demi-sec without being too sweet. It has a good balance of ripe creamed-pear and baked-apple flavors along with a bright layer of acidity. It’s an harmonious whole, and ready to drink now.
88 pts.Wine Spectator: November 30, 2005
There’s more of a bread dough note in this demi-sec than most, along with honey and a firm, citrusy acidity. Though less opulent, it’s balanced, lingering nicely on the palate. Drink now.
87 pts. Wine Enthusiast: December 1, 2005
The dosage level is 45g/l, which makes this wine a bit sweet, but not cloying. Toast and candied citron aromas and some honeyed apple and lemon flavors. Decanting reduces the apparent acidity, thereby raising the perception of sweetness.
85 pts. Wine Spectator: November 15, 2003
A firm, compact style of demi-sec, offering peach and apple compote, honey and vanilla flavors. Drink now.
85 pts.Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: Nov/Dec 2005
Medium straw color. Sweet apple and a loamy, musky quality on the nose. Thick, rich and earthy on the palate, with a sweet crabapple flavor that suggests apple brandy. A thick, weighty bottling with flavors of stewed rather than fresh orchard fruits. The earthy, musky quality carries through on the finish.
82 pts. Wine Spectator: December 31, 1998
Straightforward and sweet, this has sugary flavors, a soft mousse and a honeyed finish. Enjoyable and uncomplicated in character. Drink now.
The Wine Journal: November 1, 1993
…light yellow color, with a faint golden hue, has a delightful vanilla and tropical fruit perfume, accented with a deft note of butterscotch. The spice and vanilla-edged tropical fruit flavors are creamy and luscious, with a slight sweet impression and a long finish — a lovely and delicious Demi-Sec.