Andre Clouet V6 Experience Grand Cru Brut Champagne
When it comes to Pinot Noir in Champagne, the grand cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay rank amongst the greatest in the region. And one of the most talented exponents from here is the Clouet family based in Bouzy. Champagne Andre Clouet have been producing Champagne for over two centuries, and under the guidance of Jean Francois Clouet the wines have never looked better. While his wines are exuberant and concentrated, Jean Francois manages to counter this with immaculate finesse and detail on the palate.
The V6 Experience combines recent robust vintages with a significant proportion of reserve wines. The blend undergoes maturation on lees in the bottle for 6 years, utilizing a permeable seal that introduces a small amount of oxygen annually. This method results in the wine being released with delightful development and maturity, enhancing the overall intensity of its expression.
Aged for six years on the second lees, the yellow-golden NV Brut The V6 Experience is a Bouzy Pinot Noir that displays great purity and intensity but also reduction on the mineral-scented nose. This is deep and complex, but it needs all our patience and perhaps even a decanter or at least a big glass and lots of aeration. The palate is rich and powerful, firmly structured, very tight and still astringent on the finish, but there is so much finesse paired with power, concentration and fruit, which give the V6 a promising future. The wine just starts a bit slowly (like a rocket, which is pictured on the label), but it will most probably go very steep in a couple of years. I have ever had this cuvée before, so I can only guess, though. Drink 2021 - 2027.
Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate