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Veuve Clicquot CEW: what do I have?

Cowprintrabbit Mar 9, 2009 12:14 PM

Asked a friend coming through duty free to pick us up a bottle of Veuve Clicquot since it's so expensive here. What he brought back was $35 more that we were expecting, and is called Veuve Clicquot Cuvee Edouard Werle. From reading The Widow Clicquot (an excellent book!) I know that ol' Eddie was the widow's business partner and successor, but what does that mean for my bottle of champagne?

  1. WineAG Mar 10, 2009 02:18 PM

    Interesting. I'm very familiar with Veuve Clicquot but this doesn't ring a bell... however, I'm sure we can figure out what it is. A few questions.

    1. Is this a vintage wine or non-vintage? If vintage, what year?
    2. What color is the label?
    3. In what country was the bottle purchased?
    4. What was the cost of the bottle?

    Attaching a photo of the label would be even better.

    Im guessing that this was a bottling made for a particular market (country). BTW, just for fun, check my web site home page and in the photo slide show you'll see a photo of the man who made the wine you're talking about... the cellarmaster at VCP. He's inspecting a very old magnum of Veuve. So, if we can't figure out what it is, I'll ask him.


    4 Replies
    1. re: WineAG
      RicRios Mar 10, 2009 03:41 PM

      A global search on wine-searcher.com only produces one hit, a Sydney (Australia) duty-free shop. So I'd say Australia is a good bet for origin.
      NV, or so it seems. Some special-order for a high-volume shop?
      Only weirdness is, the price quoted by wine-searcher is U$S 47.34. The OP says this is $35 more than expected??? I didn't know champagne is so cheap in Israel nowadays...

      1. re: RicRios
        WineAG Mar 10, 2009 05:08 PM

        Good sleuthing... Over the years I've run across some some different products for different markets around the globe. The ones I recall have been NV and vary to some degree by the amt. of dosage... ie. often these bottlings are a bit sweeter than the typical NV we know.

        Regarding price, I found it a bit unusual that the OP was looking for VCP duty free, as its been my experience that the NV sells for about the same price all around the globe... and not really worth the duty free effort. I see the OP lives in Israel, so perhaps the OP can shed some light on the store pricing over there. Suspect there's also some taxes that drive up the price of wine there?

        1. re: RicRios
          emi50 Mar 10, 2009 07:21 PM

          It's pictured here, on the Duty Free site for the Sydney Airport. (Sorry I don't know how to display the page other than with this link.) $74.99 Australian dollars (I think that's around $50 US):


          1. re: emi50
            RicRios Mar 10, 2009 07:48 PM

            That site is somewhat temperamental.
            Here's the relevant info attached.

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