104 Ratings
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame
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Winemaker's Notes

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.

Expert Reviews
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  • 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 Spectator
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/06
  • Wine News
    (From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 98/100 - As reviewed by The Wine News