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La Grande Dame 2008

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La Grande Dame

Audacious character

A tribute to Madame Clicquot
First launched in 1972 for Veuve Clicquot’s bicentennial, the rare and remarkable La Grande Dame champagne is a tribute to Madame Clicquot. And it has never been more audacious than the 2008 vintage!

An audacious wine signature

Pinot Noir predominant
"My vision is to bring La Grande Dame towards the finesse and elegance that the Pinot Noir offers us in these Grands Crus.
In a way, this is the Veuve Clicquot twist: to combine depth and silkiness with lightness and elegance in this exceptional cuvée."
Dominique Demarville
Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot
In his first La Grande Dame creation, Cellar Master Dominique Demarville reveals a blend with 92% Pinot Noir – the highest percentage in Veuve Clicquot’s history.
The Cellar Master’s blend for La Grande Dame 2008 features 92% Pinot Noir from Veuve Clicquot’s historical Grands Crus in Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzy and Verzenay.
The 8% Chardonnay is from the House’s Grand Cru in Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger.

An audacious blend

92% Pinot Noir
92%

An audacious legacy

Intro

When Madame Clicquot took the reins of the House in 1805, she became one of the first businesswomen of modern times. Called la Grande Dame of Champagne by her peers, she led a life defined by her audacious, courageous choices such as shipping her excellent champagne around the world.
 
Madame Clicquot’s innovative spirit led to many “firsts” in champagne: the first-known vintage champagne (1810), the riddling table (1816), and the first-known blended rosé champagne (1818).

Tasting notes

La Grande Dame 2008 has a surprising glint of light gold color.
Initially it reveals a strong attack, both aerial and delicate. Upon being released it presents notes of dried fruits (almonds, figs, apricots), ripe white fruits (pears), and finally, subtle toasted notes of hazelnut and praline. The luscious pastry notes are well balanced with the blend’s freshness and clarity. The attack is strong and sharp. La Grande Dame 2008 bestows a silky texture upon young fruits, carried by citrus and red fruit (cherry) notes.

Robe

  • Shiny with golden highlights
  • Shimmery, very thin bubbles

Aromas

  • Mineral and floral
  • Fresh fruits
  • Toasted notes
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Food pairing

Suggestions

  • Oysters
  • King crab
  • Fish tartare
  • Scallops
  • Langoustine
  • Caviar
  • Chicken with sesame

Clicquot Gourmand

The traditionally revolutionized Veuve Clicquot House.

Technical identity

StructureReservewinesRedwinesDosageFreshnessFruitiness
Structure
Pinot Noir
92%
Fruitiness
Meunier
0%
Freshness
Chardonnay
8%
Reserve wines
Blend
0%
Red wines
None
0%
Dosage
Brut
6G/L
Serving temperature
10-12
Ageing potential
15
years
Blend
6
crus
  • Grands crus
  • Premiers crus
  • Other crus

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