1985 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame
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1985 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

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LA GRANDE DAME 1985 THE VINTAGE The 1985 Vintage will be remembered for the quality of the harvest as well as for the dramatic winter frosts. Indeed, during January, the temperature reaches -25°C for several days. This wave of exceptionally cold weather has a considerable effect on the vineyards; more than 2,000 hectares have to be replaced. The Pinot Noir located in the « Montagne de Reims » suffers most from these frosts. At the end of April spring frosts cause more damage in the North West read more...LA GRANDE DAME 1985 THE VINTAGE The 1985 Vintage will be remembered for the quality of the harvest as well as for the dramatic winter frosts. Indeed, during January, the temperature reaches -25°C for several days. This wave of exceptionally cold weather has a considerable effect on the vineyards; more than 2,000 hectares have to be replaced. The Pinot Noir located in the « Montagne de Reims » suffers most from these frosts. At the end of April spring frosts cause more damage in the North West of the Montagne de Reims. Fortunately though, July is splendid and flowering takes place under good conditions. An exceptionally warm autumn season, with the harvest beginning in early October, leads to very good quality grapes picked in ideal harvest conditions. THE BLEND This cuvée consists of eight Grands Crus, which are among the most prestigious in the Champagne region. Our vineyards in Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, produced 37% of the Chardonnay used in the blend. The remaining 63% of Pinot Noir come from our best parcels on the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne, from the villages of Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Ay. ON THE SENSES… A deep gold colour, with a nice and fine bead. Complex and intense nose : dry fruits, toasted bread, with a hint of smoky, almost flinty aroma. After a few minutes in contact with the air the wine develops some typical notes of the Pinot Noir variety : spices, underwood, leather,… The palate is typical of the 1985 vintage : concentrated and powerful thanks to the great level maturity achieved in the grapes as well as the low yields. The toasty/yeasty flavours are intense. The finish is long and structured. The power and the balance of La Grande Dame 1985 make it a superb Champagne to be paired with a dish such as a sea-bass served with black truffles. (hide)

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LA GRANDE DAME 1985 THE VINTAGE The 1985 Vintage will be remembered for the quality of the harvest as well as for the dramatic winter frosts. Indeed, during January, the temperature reaches -25°C for several days. This wave of exceptionally cold weather has a considerable effect on the vineyards; more than 2,000 hectares have to be replaced. The Pinot Noir located in the « Montagne de Reims » suffers most from these frosts. At the end of April spring frosts cause more damage in the North West read more...LA GRANDE DAME 1985 THE VINTAGE The 1985 Vintage will be remembered for the quality of the harvest as well as for the dramatic winter frosts. Indeed, during January, the temperature reaches -25°C for several days. This wave of exceptionally cold weather has a considerable effect on the vineyards; more than 2,000 hectares have to be replaced. The Pinot Noir located in the « Montagne de Reims » suffers most from these frosts. At the end of April spring frosts cause more damage in the North West of the Montagne de Reims. Fortunately though, July is splendid and flowering takes place under good conditions. An exceptionally warm autumn season, with the harvest beginning in early October, leads to very good quality grapes picked in ideal harvest conditions. THE BLEND This cuvée consists of eight Grands Crus, which are among the most prestigious in the Champagne region. Our vineyards in Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs, produced 37% of the Chardonnay used in the blend. The remaining 63% of Pinot Noir come from our best parcels on the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne, from the villages of Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Ay. ON THE SENSES… A deep gold colour, with a nice and fine bead. Complex and intense nose : dry fruits, toasted bread, with a hint of smoky, almost flinty aroma. After a few minutes in contact with the air the wine develops some typical notes of the Pinot Noir variety : spices, underwood, leather,… The palate is typical of the 1985 vintage : concentrated and powerful thanks to the great level maturity achieved in the grapes as well as the low yields. The toasty/yeasty flavours are intense. The finish is long and structured. The power and the balance of La Grande Dame 1985 make it a superb Champagne to be paired with a dish such as a sea-bass served with black truffles. (hide)

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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From «nv» Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rich, 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.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
  • Wine News
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine News