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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine Spectator, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Champagne, France
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Item no. 58132
Makes an elegant gift for that special someone - or why not treat yourself? This set includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot's finest La Grand Dame Brut complete with gift box, along with a beautiful, hardcover picture book all about Madame Clicquot and the history of the Veuve (meaning widow in French) Clicquot Champagne house.
La Grande Dame is a pale gold-green color with brilliant reflections that are typical of the vintage. Effervescence is delicate and extremely steady.
On the nose this wine is exceptionally elegant. Dominant floral notes (mint and white flowers) mingle with hints of fresh fruit (citrus fruits, fresh almonds). As it undergoes aeration, riper notes of vanilla and nougat come to the fore, giving a pleasant roundness to the wine. At this stage a typical Chardonnay characteristic, crisp elegance, clearly prevails over aromatic strength.
In the mouth, the Pinot Noir reveals its true personality. Fruity notes (white peaches, grapefruit and bergamot) dominate an energetic attack on the palate, which is prolonged by the structure and roundedness of the wine. The balance, a combination of freshness and vigour, is ideal. With a finish that is extremely persistent and clean, mineral notes add force to this noble wine.
Although La Grande Dame is still a long way from its peak, this wine constitutes an apéritif of exception. La Grande Dame is based on a blend of eight Grands Crus traditionally used for this wine. The blend is dominated by Pinot Noir grapes (62.5%), which come from Ay in the vallée De la Marne, and Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montage de Reims. The Chardonnay grapes, (37.5%) come from vineyard plots in Avize, Oger, and Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs.
Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame de la Champagne" book:
Written and researched by Frederique Crestin-Billet in 1992, "La Grande Dame de la Champagne" tells the tale of young Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin. Learn how Madame Clicquot, widowed at the age of 27, assumed control of her family's Champagne House and brought it to worldwide acclaim. Published in full color with 191 pages of extraordinary historical detail, "La Grande Dame de la Champagne" makes a perfect addition to your library or coffee table. A $50 value!