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64 Ratings
Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut La Grande Dame

Wine Details

Region

ChampagneFrance

Wine Description

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.

Crisp and full-bodied, this stunning sparkler offers notes of bread dough, vanilla,apple, peach, quince and pecan.
Madame Clicquot, née Ponsardin, known as the "Grand Dame of Champagne", was a French businesswoman who took on her husband's wine business when widowed at 27. Under her ownership, and her skill with wine, the company developed early champagne using a novel technique. The brand and company of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin still bears her name.

Veuve Clicquot's Prestige Cuvée, La Grande Dame, is a very great wine which pays homage to a very "grande dame de la Champagne," Madame Clicquot. The incomparable finesse of this cuvée results from a blend of eight of the House's traditional Grands Crus. 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.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Enthusiast
    (1993 Vintage)
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1993 Vintage) Complex, soil-inflected aromas of redcurrant, cranberry, mint, nutmeg and earth. Big and creamy, but also intensely flavored and penetrating. Offers excellent backbone but seems a bit less full and deep than normal for this cuvee-no doubt a function of the '93 vintage. Impeccably balanced Champagne. Steely lemony acidity became more apparent with aeration. Finishes very subtle and long.
  • Wine Spectator
    (1993 Vintage)
  • Wine & Spirits
    (1993 Vintage)
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (1995 Vintage) The flagship bottling of Veuve Clicquot has always struck us a being a step ahead of the class in terms of yeasty richness and aged complexities, and so again La Grande Dame has gone well beyond fruit in its successful pursuit of intensity and unabashed autolysis. A deep and involving wine with an amplified sense of substance in the mouth, it is finished with a noticeable edge of acidity, but its ample flavors do not abate and its scant closing stiffness seems a minor price to pay for the unrelen...