The good news is that in 2019, the House released a second edition to the collection, Extra Brut Extra Old 2, and once again we have acquired a small stash for your consideration. Extra Brut Extra Old 2 is a complex, nuanced blend of eight of the House's prestigious reserve wines - 1990, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, aged for a minimum of five years. Pinot Noir dominates the blend (45%) and provides the structure that is so typically Clicquot, followed by Chardonnay (27%) that adds finesse and elegance essential in a perfectly balanced wine, and then Meunier (28%) that rounds out the blend. The ageing potential is more than 15 years. Veuve Cliquot is normally bottled at 6 atmospheres but this Champagne was bottled at 4.5 which imparts a more vinous personality. If you are a Clicquot fan or just someone who appreciates the sublime subtleties wrought by artful blending then this master work is not to be missed.
WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "One of the most interesting wines in the Veuve Cliquot portfolio is the NV Extra-Brut Extra Old, a blend of reserve wines from 2010 back to 1988—though the latter only represents some 2% of the assemblage—that spent three years in foudre before tirage, followed by three years sur lattes before disgorgement. Opening in the glass with a complex bouquet of toasted nuts, candied peel, orchard fruit, peach and smoke, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and saline, with a textural profile, lively acids and a long finish."