1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame
99 Ratings
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99 Ratings
1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Winemaker's Notes

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...

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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...

Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    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
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
  • Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
  • Wine News
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine News