Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 Review

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 Review
Let's find out more about Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 wine.

This is our Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 review.

This is a vintage Champagne, the 66th vintage release, which means, amongst other things, that only the grapes from 2012 have been used to produce it.

If you are after a special bottle of Champagne, go for this one. It offers layers of complexity, aromas, and flavors that bring this Champagne to another level.

Find below our Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity, and where you can buy it.

Let’s begin!

Our Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 Review

  • Brand: Veuve Clicquot
  • Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
  • Region: France, Champagne
  • Tasting Notes: Roasted Pears & Candid Citrus fruit notes
  • Glass & Serving: Flûte / 43-50 °F (6-10 °C) / Don’t decant
  • Store: Up to 10+ Years
  • Price Range: ~$100
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 review: What's its color?

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 review wine has a lemon color with persistent and tiny perlage.

If you want to know more about how to taste wine and the lingo that goes with it, check out this article: How To Taste Wine Like a Pro in 4 Steps.

What does Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 taste like?

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 is a blend made from Pinot Noir (51%), Chardonnay (34%), and Pinot Meunier (15%) grapes.

There’s an addition of 12% wine aged in large wooden casks, adding strength and aromas, and it’s what makes the 2012 vintage special.

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On the nose, aromas of candid apricots, dried fruit, honey, peach, truffle, mocha, vanilla, and toasted notes.

On the palate, it’s a crisp, bubbly, and refreshing wine with flavors of candid citrus, tart, roasted pear, butter, vanilla, hazelnut, and a mineral finish.

Is Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 wine sweet?

No, it’s not sweet. Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 wine is a brut wine.

Brut wine contains less than 12 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 review: Which food pairs well with it?

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 is a crisp, refreshing, and bubbly Champagne.

Bubbles cleanse the palate and as such sparkling wines are very versatile wines that can pair with many dishes and can be used throughout a meal.

Classic appetizers are French fries, creamy potatoes, seafood risotto, and salads to name some.

Meat wise go for turkey, chicken, veal, and lemon chicken for example.

For fish, we recommend oyster, lobster, sashimi, fish & chips, smoked scallops, and fried calamari.

If you are a cheese lover you should try it with cream cheese like Camembert and Brie to name some.

And yes, in case you wonder, it goes well with dessert too like macaroons, chocolate, Paris-Brest, and Saint-Honoré for example.

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 review: What's its alcohol content?

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 wine’s alcohol content is 12%.

In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.

There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.

During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.

Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.

How many calories are in a glass of Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut Champagne 2012 wine?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture [1] a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories. 

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.

Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.

A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per gram vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per gram of carbs, which include sugar.

What is Veuve Clicquot?

Here is an extract from the Veuve Clicquot brand website:

“In an era when women were excluded from the business world, she dared to assume the head of the company, a role she undertook with passion and determination.

Madame Clicquot’s character might be summarized with two words: audacious and intelligent.


If you are after a great bottle of Champagne to celebrate a special event or just to try something different, we are pretty confident you’ll like this one.

Its high acidity, minerality, perlage, and complexity will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, white meats, cheeses, and dessert.

Try Clicquot Vintage 2012 with seafood risotto, veal, smoked scallops, lobster, camembert, or Saint-Honoré and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!😍

If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for?

Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!

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