Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne la Grande Dame 1998

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Tasting Notes: La Grande Dame 1998 was harvested in the ideal dry climate of September, developing aromas of flowers,...

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Bright and brilliant, having aromas of stone fruits, brioche and wet straw; with a rich, dense mousse of dried apples, citrus rind, bakers yeast, a... Read more

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... Read more

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 t... Read more

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Snooth User: InWineTruth
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4.50 5
02/25/2012

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!


Snooth User: Philip James
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5.00 5
06/04/2009

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.


Snooth User: steveca
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5.00 5
01/08/2009

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!


Snooth User: lauralprice
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3.00 5
07/30/2009

6th tasting at CBWF champagne class. heavily floral.


External Reviews for Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne la Grande Dame

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

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 for many years.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

Broad and open-textured, this offers lemon, apple and peach flavors. A touch coarse, ending with a chalky sensation. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

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.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

There’s plenty of finesse in this sleek Champagne, along with an airy texture and loads of grip. Graphite, lemon, toast and mineral aromas and flavors prevail, and this takes on a chalky edge on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2028.


External Review
08/05/2008

ST: Light gold. Rich, smoky aromas of buttery pear, peach and smoked meat, complemented by exotic spice accents and a hint of white flowers; seems livelier on the nose than the deep, rich 1996 version. Weighty citrus and orchard fruit flavors are framed by juicy acids, and come across as a bit youthfully stunted right now. With air a note of poached pear emerged, along with a suggestion of toffeed hazelnut. Give this a few years.


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Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

1998 - Veuve Clicquot Champagne Grande Dame - France - Region: Champagne - Apellation: Champagne - Chardonnay - 750 ml.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
03/27/2013

The house’s 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. this focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. Le Grande Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir, (Ay, Verzeneay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger). Anticipated maturity: 2008–2018.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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