La Grande Dame is a tribute to Madame Clicquot and to the creative and elegant souls who have followed in her footsteps

A wine to reflect the image of La Grande Dame herself. Madame Clicquot used her determination, intuition and vision to choose and aquire exceptional grand crus parcels with exceptional grapes.

La Grande Dame, the Glory of Pinot Noir

Our black grapes give the finest white wines
Madame Clicquot, 1825
Historical vineyards of Madame Clicquot

Madame Clicquot believed that Pinot Noir had the broadest range of expression and potential to create the best champagne. Pinot Noir demands the very finest expertise from the Cellar Master

Historical vineyards of Madame Clicquot
Historical vineyards of Madame Clicquot

The cuvée







With its highly capricious weather, few could have predicted the outcome of the 2012 harvest. But ultimately, the year’s warmth and sunshine prevailed to help define this exceptional vintage. A fine example of the La Grande Dame style, this cuvée perfectly expresses the radiant maturity of the 2012 harvest and the finesse and complexity of Pinot Noir. In the spring, rainfall was 60% above average, followed by late frost and severe hailstorms that devastated more than 1,000 hectares of Champagne vineyards. After a difficult start to the season and multiple climatic vagaries (frosts, torrential rain, thunderstorms, hail, cold), mildness prevailed, and nature brought warmth and dry summer weather. The summer season established itself in mid-August with perfect sunshine conditions, very dry weather and high temperatures until the end of the harvest, producing high-quality grapes with good maturity and balance, similar to those of 1989 and 2002. Tastings of the base wines revealed depth, intensity, length and perfect balance. Despite the modest harvest in terms of quantity, this excellent quality convinced the Cellar Master to declare 2012 a vintage year and create a new edition of La Grande Dame. 

La Grande Dame 2012

A remarkable quality vintage. La Grande Dame 2012 is direct, refined and balanced. Fresh aromas such as acacia, citrus zest, flint and redcurrant mark this wine that is definitively of its terroir. La Grande Dame to discover.
La Grande Dame 2012 is a wine that is both precise and delicate. It is playful, lively, laughing. This new vintage offers a strong minerality carried by Pinot Noir balanced with the freshness of the blend. Its aging potential is immense, it is a wine whose tasting makes me vibrate
Didier Mariotti, Veuve Clicquot Cellar Master

Rating & Reviews
La Grande Dame 2012

96/100 points
“One of the more successful outings for this outstanding cuvée.”
Simon Field MW
95/100 points
“Fine and graceful, subtle in its intensity, with all the pieces seamlessly knit into an elegant whole”
96/100 points
“This wine is rich and impressive. It is still young, with a crisp edge that makes the fruit shine“
95/100 points with potential for 97
“Fresh and elegant to the degree that it is tough to imagine it has 90% Pinot Noir”
Essi Avellan MW
95/100 points with potential for 97
“Avery elegant cuvée. The finish lasts for eternity. Outstanding now, but will age gracefully.”
György Márkus

Tasting notes
La Grande Dame 2012

Initial notes of white flowers on the nose, such as jasmine, honeysuckle and vine flowers can be felt and then opens with fruitier nuances of apple, pear and peach. A few notes of fresh almond and frangipane complete the bouquet. In the mouth, the cuvée reveals more complex aromas: dried apricot, hazelnuts, honey and sugar candy. Silky textures give the wine its personality, elegance and character. The aging has imparted particular depth and power to the wine.
Agreements mets & wine
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Fresh herbs

Technical identity
La Grande Dame 2012

Pinot Noir
6 G/L
Serving temperature
10 - 12
Ageing potential
More than
  • Grands crus
  • Premiers crus
  • Other crus

Celebrating the new vintage, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2012 by Yayoi Kusama

The iconic Japanese, Yayoi Kusama, artist sends a cheerful message to the whole world by imagining a unique, joyful and colorful creation specifically made for Veuve Clicquot. It is with its iconic symbols, that Yayoi Kusama adorns La Grande Dame 2012 case and bottle.
The opulent flower symbolizes vital energy, love and celebration of life. The polka dots, Yayoi Kusama's signature patterns are reworked like tiny champagne bubbles to embody La Grande Dame 2012.