La Grande Dame

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Created in 1972 to celebrate the bicentenary of the House, La Grande Dame is a tribute to Madame Clicquot also known as ‘La Grande Dame de la Champagne’. An exclusive blend of eight of our historical Grands Crus, it is a mineral and fresh expression of the Veuve Clicquot style.

THE CUVEE

La Grande Dame 2006 is an exclusive blend of our eight classic Grands Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir (53%); Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay (47%).

The grape harvest of 2006

The winter was particularly cold and long. The spring was mixed, but with good conditions for budding.  The flowers opened in late June, in what was unseasonally hot weather. The summer was chaotic, with an August worthy of late autumn.  Fortunately, the vines were able to draw on their reserves, to produce an abundant yield of superb quality.

Therefore, between 14 and 29 September, we harvested a very fine crop of grapes. At the very end of picking, Botrytis struck, though it had no impact on the quality of the harvest. An effective sorting operation was carried out. 

The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full-bodied; the Chardonnay wines are of considerable distinction.

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TASTING NOTES

ROBE

Shiny with golden highlights

Shimmery, very thin bubbles

AROMAS

Mineral and floral

Fresh fruits

Toasted notes

Light gold color. Complex nose, revealing turn of stone fruit fragrances, dried fruits, pastry discreet touch, gingerbread, mocha ... The mouth marries vinosity precision and freshness. Nice length. Opulent vintage, a great Grande Dame.

Gilbert & Gaillard
December 2015

FOOD PARING

Appetizers Smoked, cured products Shellfish (lobster, oysters) Fish (Saint Pierre, Sea bass) Starters Monkfish Scallop Dry cheese (Goat cheese) Crystallised citrus fruits
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Episode #3 : Philippe Thieffry, Head of oenology

Episode #3 : Philippe Thieffry, Head of oenology

Philippe has been the head of oenology since 1985, overseeing wine blend creations for the House. Winemaking is his passion, and the team is always striving to do better while it consistently maintains quality. There are days that they taste up to fifty different wines in order to define the Clicquot style; this style is the identity of the House, passed on from harvest to harvest, from one generation to the next. Discover Philippe’s story.

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