1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame
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99 Ratings
1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2004 Vintage) This wine has a fine, complex fragrance, blending sweetness and nobility. It is smooth and silky in the mouth, with considerable substance and structure. A remarkable balance, with a fresh, harmonious finish.

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    "First made in 1969 to honour Nicole-Barbe Clicquot Ponsardin, the 27-year-old widow (veuve) who had to take control of the House after the sudden death of her husband. It is a blend of two-thirds pinot noir, one-third chardonnay, almost entirely sourced from the 382 hectares of estate vineyards (dwarfed by the grapes supplied each year by 1200 growers). Full gold, it is still remarkably youthful, reflecting its long time on lees. There are plenty of brioche and dried fruit undertones, but it is its vibrantly fresh, lilting finish and glorious aftertaste that inspires." 97 Points Australian Wine Companion

    5 months
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    jaan. extremely fine bubbles w balanced citrus undertones. a v good complement with most dishes.

    5 months
Expert Reviews
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  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 1993 Vintage)
  • Wine Enthusiast
    (From 1993 Vintage)
  • 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