Wine Spectator 94 points - A waft of spring blossom draws you into this elegant Champagne, whose subtle notes of poached quince, toasted brioche and mandarin orange gracefully ride the satiny mousse, supported by a vibrant backbone of acidity. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2029. -AN.November/2017
Wine Advocate 94 points - The prestigious 2006 La Grande Dame is made from 47% Chardonnay and 53% Pinot Noir, and assembles the fruit of eight grand cru villages. Very intense and complex on the nose, this is a full-bodied, round, rich and mouth-filling, but also refined prestige cuvee; it reveals a fascinating purity, precision and freshness. The finish is long and complex, and shows a spicy minerality. There are coffee beans, bread and toast aromas in the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended..Stephan Reinhardt, June/2016
James Suckling 94 points - Developing more into the spicy and savory zone, the fruit is sweetening as it ages, too. Aromas of grapefruit citrus and yellow peach, with some flinty notes, as well as honey and almond nougat. The palate delivers cherry fruit flavors with spiced pastry in a fluid
La Grande Dame, the prestige cuvée of Veuve Clicquot was created in tribute to Madame Clicquot. The finest expression of the House style it is a wine of incomparable finesse. Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is synonymous with the art of living. The House style distinguishes itself through the dominance of Pinot Noir which gives strength, complexity and elegance to our wines.
The initial nose reveals a saline, mineral background, followed by floral notes such as acacia and peony, along with notes of fresh fruit including bush peach and pear, finished with toasted notes of hazelnut and roasted almonds. When swirled the bouquet becomes rich and voluptuous, with notes of brioche, nougat, ginger, and preserved lemon.
On the palate, the wine is plump and full of substance. The texture is crisp and silky. The minerality of the chalk resonates brightly with the fleshy structure and contributes to the length of finish. The endnote is fresh and generous, hinting at a discreet dosage followed by a long period of post-disgorgement aging, so as not to disturb the wine’s natural equilibrium.
Garden : mushrooms, peas, corn, stone fruits, pastry
Pasture : goat’s cheese, brie, chicken, cured ham, turkey, quail, rabbit
Sea : oyster, lobster, scallop, shrimp, whitefish, salmon, mackerel
This our Fav, Champagne ,
We always enjoy it for a special event , and our friends who do not like Champagne comment this is smooth
This is our Fav. Champagne
This was purchased as a gift for a friend and you made sure if got there quickly and safely! Also very reasonably priced.
La grande dame is the pinnacle of Vueve and a favirite of ours. Love this website and the care they take in shipping. Definitely recommend!