Clicquot’s 2004 Brut Rose La Grande Dame - which incorporates 39% Chardonnay with its Pinot - is pale salmon in color, its tangy and vivacious alliance of fresh red currant, fraise du bois and grapefruit with mouthwatering maritime salinity - amid stimulatingly fine-grained tannin - making for persistently savory satisfaction. The balance of refreshment and levity with fine-grained, almost silken texture and the entirely supportive nature of its subtle sweetness add to this Grande Dame’s irresistibility today, though I anticipate deeper flavors accumulating over the next couple of years in bottle.
(effectively the same blend as the ”regular” Grande Dame, with the addition of still pinot noir from Bouzy; LAAAQAQ): Vivid orange-pink. Seductively perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, Asian spices, rose and smoky minerals. Densely packed and palate-staining, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors, along with floral pastille and buttered toast qualities. The strikingly long finish repeats the red fruit and mineral notes and lingers with serious tenacity.