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Veuve Clicquot la Grande Dame 1993

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LA GRANDE DAME 1993 THE VINTAGE After a mild and frost-free winter, budding occurred normally during the third week of April, followed by vigorous vine growth and development. The month of May was very stormy and was marked on 11th May by a hailstorm which was, fortunately, localized. Only 1% of vines were affected. Flowering began early at the beginning of June. Its rapidity encouraged the setting process, which in conjunction with a high number of flowers, suggested an exceptional potential. A hot and dry summer then set in. It was an uneventful run-up to harvesting, and a truly great vintage was expected. Rain began and the vines, affected by the long dry weeks, absorbed a large quantity of water through their roots. The rate of grape ripening slowed down a little and the weight of the harvest rose sharply. The secateurs were first used during the second week in September for the Chardonnay vines. The Pinot vines were harvested a week later. Apart from its astonishingly generous quantity, this harvest was also of a very high quality, particularly for the Pinot Noir. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin's decision to declare a vintage was an easy one. THE CUVÉE Only eight of the most prestigious Grand Cru champagnes make up this cuvée. The vineyards of Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs region, supply us with 34% of the Chardonnay included in the blend. The Pinot Noir (66%) comes from the Grand Crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne regions, in the villages of Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Ay. ON THE SENSES … La Grande Dame 1993 has a fine, warm, deep gold-yellow tint. Effervescence is particularly fine and persistent. There is great finesse and strength of personality on the nose, with warm and delicious fruity notes - brioche, praline, mild spices, crystallised fruits. In the mouth the characteristics of the vintage are expressed in a full and silky attack. The balance is rich, with notes of honey and egg custard, which give the structure of the wine a perfect roundness. The finish is long and smooth. La Grande Dame 1993 is an aperitif of exception for the connoisseurs of great champagnes. This delicate wine will blossom with delicate seafood such as scallops or Dublin bay prawns.

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin:
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,00... Read more
Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is among the most prestigious Champagne Houses. Its extensive holdings, many originally purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are exceptional in size and quality. As in madame Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,000 years ago by the Romans. The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is considered one of the first business-women of the modern era. Widowed in 1805 at the age of 27, Madame Veuve Clicquot (born Ponsardin) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late husband's small Champagne House. She personally supervised cellar activities and introduced innovative production techniques still used today. Champagne Veuve Clicquot is known internationally for its classically styled and full-bodied Champagne. Read less
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09/25/2007

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External Reviews for Veuve Clicquot la Grande Dame

External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

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


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Source: WineGlobe.com
02/12/2009

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame is a deep yellow-gold in color. The silky, full palate shows rich notes of honey and vanilla custard. The finish is long and smooth. On the nose this wine is exceptionally elegant. Dominant floral notes (mint and white


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
08/08/2011

A warm, spicy note pervades, with hints of ginger and cinnamon joining citrus flavors on a moderately firm structure. It remains well-focused through the nutty aftertaste. Drink now. -BS Wine Spectator. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 1993 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 750ml


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

Champagne is the definition of luxury. Which makes it the perfect gift for any occasion, specially when making a toast or an impression. And, when it comes in a beautiful grape-leaf box, it's a combination that can't be beaten.1993 Veuve


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

A warm spicy note pervades with hints of ginger and cinnamon joining citrus flavors on a moderately firm structure. It remains well-focused through the nutty aftertaste. Drink now. BS Wine Spectator.



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LA GRANDE DAME 1993 THE VINTAGE After a mild and frost-free winter, budding occurred normally during the third week of April, followed by vigorous vine growth and development. The month of May was very stormy and was marked on 11th May by a hailstorm which was, fortunately, localized. Only 1% of vines were affected. Flowering began early at the beginning of June. Its rapidity encouraged the setting process, which in conjunction with a high number of flowers, suggested an exceptional potential. A hot and dry summer then set in. It was an uneventful run-up to harvesting, and a truly great vintage was expected. Rain began and the vines, affected by the long dry weeks, absorbed a large quantity of water through their roots. The rate of grape ripening slowed down a little and the weight of the harvest rose sharply. The secateurs were first used during the second week in September for the Chardonnay vines. The Pinot vines were harvested a week later. Apart from its astonishingly generous quantity, this harvest was also of a very high quality, particularly for the Pinot Noir. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin's decision to declare a vintage was an easy one. THE CUVÉE Only eight of the most prestigious Grand Cru champagnes make up this cuvée. The vineyards of Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger, in the Côte des Blancs region, supply us with 34% of the Chardonnay included in the blend. The Pinot Noir (66%) comes from the Grand Crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne regions, in the villages of Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy and Ay. ON THE SENSES … La Grande Dame 1993 has a fine, warm, deep gold-yellow tint. Effervescence is particularly fine and persistent. There is great finesse and strength of personality on the nose, with warm and delicious fruity notes - brioche, praline, mild spices, crystallised fruits. In the mouth the characteristics of the vintage are expressed in a full and silky attack. The balance is rich, with notes of honey and egg custard, which give the structure of the wine a perfect roundness. The finish is long and smooth. La Grande Dame 1993 is an aperitif of exception for the connoisseurs of great champagnes. This delicate wine will blossom with delicate seafood such as scallops or Dublin bay prawns.

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