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

Wine Description

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...

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    Fellow Drync'er

    Stewed apple & pear with velveteen mouthfeel. Richer and more complex than the equivalent Dom. A real triumph!

    about 4 years
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    one owned with ralph bryan

    about 4 years
Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 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 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.
  • CellarTracker Community Tasting Notes
    Community Tasting Notes (average 92.8 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 133 notes)
  • 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 Spectator
    Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/06
  • Wine News
    Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine News