Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is synonymous with the art of living. The House style distinguishes itself through the dominance of Pinot Noir which gives strength, complexity, and elegance to our wines. In spring 2012, the region faced a heavy rainfall of 60% above the average of the season, followed by late frost, and ﬁnally, a series of severe hailstorms which ruined more than 1,000 hectares of the overall Champagne vineyard. Then summer came around mid-August and brought ideal sunny conditions, very dry weather, and high temperatures until the end of the harvest. Despite the weather challenges which led to a relatively modest harvest, quality is optimal, revealing a great aging potential for the wines. As with any Veuve Clicquot champagne, Pinot Noir dominates the blend (51%) exclusively from Grands and Premiers Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne (Verzy, Verzenay, Ludes, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Tauxières, Avenay and Aÿ). Then 15% of Meunier from the Montagne de Reims (Ludes) and the Vallée de la Marne (Dizy) brings roundness to this cuvée. The uniqueness of the Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2012 stems from the addition of 11% wines aged in large oak casks, bringing strength and aromatic intensity. The Vintage Rosé 2012 blend consists of 13% red still wine, exclusively from the Pinot Noir of Bouzy. The dominance of Pinot Noir and the wooden touch deliver structure and character, a trademark of the Veuve Clicquot style.