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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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)
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.
A pale gold colour with jade glints, the wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles.This wine has unbelievable ageing potential.