The cuvée La Grande Dame
of the house Veuve Clicquot
Ponsardin was created as a tribute to Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin and it represents the quintessence of the champagnes
produced by the famous house in Reims. It is 37% Chardonnay and 63% Pinot Noir. La Grande Dame 2004
has a bright and yellow gold robe, embellished by a fine lace of bubbles. On the nose, it is of a remarkable intensity on fruity aromas of a great richness (white peach, apricot, bergamot) accompanied by quaffable notes of frangipani, brioche, nougat and vanilla. On the palate, the mouthfeel is crunchy and silky. This Grande Dame 2004
, which has a mineral and precise structure, shows a beautiful persistance and freshness on the finish.
Parker : 91 / 100
J. Robinson : 18 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot's 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years.