Born of a tradition of excellence and the weight of time, the prestigious Grande Dame is the ultimate expression of the Veuve Clicquot style.
Tailor-made in 1972 to celebrate the House’s bicentennial, this masterpiece was christened La Grande Dame in tribute to Madame Clicquot...
Bearing the name bestowed on Madame Clicquot as a mark of respect and recognition by her peers in Champagne, La Grande Dame cuvée is the very symbol of the driving force that guided Madame Clicquot throughout her life: an obsessive search for quality. Known among connoisseurs as one of the finest champagnes in the world, it's the pride and joy of the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Ethereal, free and original, the Grande Dame teases aficionados with its rarity, making an appearance only when nature offers a concordance of perfect conditions.
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The 2004 is the first La Grande Dame since 1998, an aeon in the modern era of champagne releases. Vintage 2002 was deemed too bold and insufficiently mineral for La Grande Dame, and a small production of 25,000 bottles of 2000 was written off by cork taint. The 2004 ushers in a new age, disarmingly youthful, dramatically high-pitched and as glittering as fresh powder snow in full sun. Its minerality shimmers with ethereal chalk dust and sea-salt texture, penetrating deep into the mouth, illuminated by dazzling acidity. It launches with euphoric lemon zest, grapefruit and cut red apple, slowly morphing into white peach and dried pear, with flickers of honey, toast, cloves, dried lavender and beeswax, tightly contained within a delicate shell. Chalk minerality glimmers and dances long and enduring on an awe-inspiring finish. An introverted Grande Dame of concealed power and breathtakingly youthful demeanour hitherto unknown for Clicquot. Barely beginning its life at almost a decade of age, it has a magnificent life before it. Hold off at least another five years before diving in. Rating 97 - Drink 2019 - 2029 Tyson Stelzer, Tysonstelzer.com
True to form, Demarville presented this wine first, not last; I have never encountered this approach before, the rationale lying in the complete nature of the wine. A blend of 61% pinot noir and 39% chardonnay from grand cru vineyards, it was disgorged last year, the dosage 7g/l. The fine mousse helps generate beautiful mouthfeel to its array of rounded peach and apple fruit, contrasting notes of cream and mineral dancing through the long travel in the mouth.96 points; Drink to 2020 - James Halliday, The Weekend Australian (09/JUN/2012)
As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years. Rating 91 - Drink to 2016 - David Schildknecht, eRobertParker (NOV/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
The blend is 64% Pinot Noir grapes from the Grands Crus at Ay, in the Grande Vallèe de la Marne, and at Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims and 36% Chardonnay grapes from three Grands Crus.
La Grande Dame 2004, with its lace-like construction has a long, lively, and structured finish, quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot style, reaches a peak of refinement, without losing its legendary strength.
The colour is luminous, sparkling gold with amber highlights. The fine, light bead swirls up slowly and gracefully.
The first nose reveals a definite mineral base, with noble fruit (white peaches, bergamot) and remarkable intensity. On agitating, the bouquet becomes gourmand and voluptuos with hints of brioche, nougat, apricot, vanilla, frangipane and jasmine.
On the palate there is plenty of body and substance. The texture is crisp and silky. The chalky mineral note resonates magnificently with this full-bodied structure and intensifies the lengthy persistence. The Verzenay/Avize duet (the two dominant crus in this blend of 8 grand crus) takes on its full dimension. The finish is fresh and generous, indicating a light dosage that does nothing disturb the wine's natural balance.