The 1998 vintage of La Grande Dame, quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot style, offers a peak of refinement without surrendering any of the legendary strength of its extraordinary blend.
- FRA - Champagne
Superb fresh and bright Champagne, with strong Pinot Noir red fruits, citrus and chalky nuances, some light spice, florals and sweet white musk; the complexity is tightly wound for now. The palate has polished smooth texture, even and pristine - quite sherbet-like, with a sleeve of fresh citrus flavour and gentle nutty savoury flavours. Finishes fine and long, with very discreetly balanced dosage. Will reward further cellaring on cork. Rating 96 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2011
Winery Tasting Notes
La Grande Dame 1998 has a pale gold colour with jade glints. The wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles.
On the first nose, typical Chardonnay characteristics come to the fore, with the arrival of floral and mineral aromas (acacia, ferns, chalk).
By agitating the wine, scents of candied fruit (citrusfruits, apricots, quince) and sweet almond emerge, to reappear later in the mouth. After rotating the wine for a few minutes more, rare notes such as peaty malt, tobacco and delicate herbs, are gradually unveiled. This aromatic, impressively complex bouquet is confirmed in the mouth.
On the palate, the wine is clear-cut and pure, perfectly balanced with a delightful silky smoothness. La Grande Dame 1998, with its lacelike construction, has a long, lively, and structured finish. This wine has unbelievable ageing potential. The 1998 vintage of La Grande Dame, the quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot style, reaches a peak of refinement, without losing its legendary strength produced by a blend including nearly two-thirds of Pinot Noir.
The basic blend is made up of 64% Pinot Noir grapes and 36% Chardonnay grapes, sourced from the most invaluable vineyards purchased by Madame Clicquot, harvested by hand, pressed and vinified cru by cru, vineyard by vineyard. Aged for a minimum of 8 years in the chalk cellars. A dedicated bottle inspired by those used in the time of Madame Clicquot, sealed to guarantee the authenticity of this precious wine.