1996 Veuve Clicquot Champagne la Grande Dame
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La Grande Dame 1996 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 elegan...
Wine Advocate"Tightly-packed with notes of citrus oil, orange rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and brioche, the medium to full-bodied 1996 La Grande Dame Brut should age well for 15-20 years. Crisp, fresh, and backward, it is another brilliant example from the exquisite 1996 vintage." "Subtle aspects of biscuit and walnut accent the whole-grain bread, lemon, honey and coffee flavors in this regal Champagne. Wonderful finesse and harmony underscore the innate power and vinosity. A match for Dover sole or roaste...
International Wine CellarRating: 95(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 117, November/December 2004 ($160) Deep, highly complex aromas of citrus skin, nutmeg, porcini mushroom, toasted almond and clove. Rich, dry and impressively deep; superconcentrated and oily. A chewy, spicy Champagne that seemed to grow fresher as it opened in the glass. Really explosive on the aftertaste, finishing with a clinging quality and powerful spicy, nutty flavors. A major mouthful of Champagne, at it...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRich, polished and layered, this gorgeously crafted wine delivers a most enjoyable and sophisticated nose of roasted lemons, water crackers, hints of honey and austere but always supportive citrusy fruit. Its foamy, creamy mousse hits just the right note for the deep, complex and wonderfully refined flavors, and its long, engaging finish adds even more to like.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 92.8 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 133 notes)
Robert ParkerRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/06
Wine NewsRating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine News
User Tasting Note
Fellow Drync'rStewed apple & pear with velveteen mouthfeel. Richer and more complex than the equivalent Dom. A real triumph!
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