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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne la Grande Dame 1998
Tasting Notes: La Grande Dame 1998 was harvested in the ideal dry climate of September, developing aromas of flowers, minerals, candied fruits and sweet almond along with deeper notes such as tobacco, peaty malt and delicate herbs. La Grande Dame 1998, with its lace-like construction, has a long, lively, structured finish. Composition: La Grande Dame was created by eight historic Grand Crus—the vineyards Madame Clicquot herself singled out as the best—including Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Ay, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger. 64% Pinot Noir 36% Chardonnay The 1998 vintage of La Grande Dame reaches a peak of refinement, without losing its legendary strength produced by a blend of nearly two-thirds Pinot Noir. Occasion: La Grande Dame 1998 is to be enjoyed on its own for its superb character and taste.
Bright and brilliant, having aromas of stone fruits, brioche and wet straw; with a rich, dense mousse of dried apples, citrus rind, bakers yeast, and chalk; it is round, but focused; elegantly rich and simultaneously austere; tart fruits, but with savory dryness across an insanely long finish. This is ONE wonderful example of Champagne, and I've never had anything like it!
Very pale, almost lime green in color. A light yeast note with delicate apricot flavors, and a soft straw flavor. Crisp, yet intensely honeyed, and soft with a delicateness. A very finessed finish of figs, honey and apricot.
Opened this one up for New Year's Eve with few choice friends. Veuve non-vintage is my favorite "every day" wine and there are a few taste notes that are similar (almonds/nuts, balance of citrus and herbs), but the vintage Grande Dame had a far greater richness and density in the mouth feel, less abruptness with the acidity, and greater complexity. I was sorry to see the last drop poured!
6th tasting at CBWF champagne class. heavily floral.
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Wine & Spirits ReviewThe contrast of depth and brightness, or intensity and weightlessness creates a sense of harmonic resonance in this wine. All the aromatics are potent, from the scent of rising bread dough to the red skin of an apple, all the corresponding flavors rich yet refreshing. The firmness of the acidity seems to add briskness to the mousse, leaving a clean, chiseled impression of the chalk soils in which this grew. Once in a while, there is a young beauty who will age into a more profound older beauty: La Grande Dame is part of that rare breed.
The contrast of depth and brightness, or intensity and weightlessness creates a sense of harmonic resonance in this wine. All the aromatics are potent, from the scent of rising bread dough to the red skin of an apple, all the corresponding flavors rich yet refreshing. The firmness of the acidity seems to add briskness to the mousse, leaving a clean, chiseled impression of the chalk soils in which this grew. Once in a while, there is a young beauty who will age into a more profound older beauty: La Grande Dame is part of that rare breed.
A superbly ripe Champagne that has all the open generosity of the 1998 vintage. Peach and apricot aromas are followed by flavors of hazelnuts, honey and spices. Of course, it is still very young, and, like all vintages of La Grande Dame, it will age ... Wine Enthusiast. A Champagne Blend wine from Champagne in France. 1998 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 750ml
95 Points - Wine & SpiritsThe contrast of depth and brightness, or intensity and weightlessness creates a sense of harmonic resonance in this wine. All the aromatics are potent, from the scent of ri
Champagne, FranceVeuve Clicquot Champagne La Grande Dame is the tete de cuve of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, named in honor of its matriarch, Madame Clicquot. It is a supremely elegant vintage Champagne produced in extremely limited quantities from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards Madame Clicquot purchased in the early 1800s. This is the perfect gift to express the ultimate in luxury and elegance. The new 1998 vintage received a rating of 92 points from Steve Tanzer. We just call it a wine gem!Veuve Clicquot Champagne La Grande Dame is a deep yellow-gold in color with fine, persistent bubbles. On the nose, apples and citrus mingle with notes of baked bread, pralines, clove and nutmeg. The full palate is silky and rich, with notes of apples, nuts, honey, spice and vanilla custard. The finish is long and engaging.Enjoy Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne La Grande Dame to toast a very special moment, or to accompany a wonderful dinner!
'Tightly-packed with notes of citrus oil, orange rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and brioche, the medium to full-bodied 1996 La Grande Dame Brut should age well for 15-20 years. Crisp, fresh, and backward, it is another brilliant example from the exquisite 1996 vintage.'A blend of 60% Pinot Noir from the best plots on the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallee de la Marne, and 40% Chardonnay from the most prestigious crus on the Cote des Blancs, this cuvee is a worthy salute to the first lady of Champagne, Madame Cliquot.
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