• Veuve Clicquot 2003 Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge, Clos Colin

    You won't find the bottle above for sale, but it's a wine that Veuve Clicquot makes relatively frequently, or at least in the vintages that warrant it. It comes from a highly prized, 1.5-hectare parcel in Bouzy called the Clos Colin, which the house devotes exclusively to the production of red wine. The Clos Colin (marked simply as "Les Clos" at the top center of the map below) is a warm, south-facing site on a prime location in the mid-slope, lying on chalky, well-drained soil, and the pinot noir vines here are deliberately cropped low to encourage greater concentration in the grapes, yielding no more than 10,000 kilograms per hectare. The grapes are picked
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