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Best of the Best 2013: International White Wines: Veuve Clicquot 1989 Cave Privée Brut Rosé

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Though Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin was founded in 1772, it was not known by its present name until its founder’s son, François Clicquot, died suddenly and his widow, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, assumed control of the operation. She and her chef de cave, Antoine de Müller, devised a technique for clarifying Champagne known as riddling—a development that greatly enhanced the public’s appreciation for this sparkling wine. Veuve Clicquot 1989 Cave Privée Brut Rosé (, $245), a special release of an older vintage from the house’s private cellar, demonstrates the label’s continued mastery of the art, its delicate bubbles releasing soft scents of cocoa, coffee, grilled bread, blood orange, and vanilla.