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 wine
Madame Clicquot,
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 and the winemaking team. Delicate, Pinot Noir also poses a challenge to those working in the vineyard. The Pinot Noir grape expresses itself differently depending on its terroir, exposure and the specific year’s harvest conditions.

Historical vineyards of Madame Clicquot
Historical vineyards of Madame Clicquot

La Grande Dame 2012

La Grande Dame 2012 blend is made mainly from grapes from historical Grands Crus vineyards, among the most prestigious in Champagne. Pinot Noir dominates the blend at 90%, magnified by 10% Chardonnay, with grapes from Aÿ, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy. The 10% Chardonnay comes from the Grands Crus Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger.
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
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
“Fine and graceful, subtle in its intensity, with all the pieces seamlessly knit into an elegant whole”
95 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 points with potential for 97
“Avery elegant cuvée. The finish lasts for eternity. Outstanding now, but will age gracefully.”

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.

Contains sulphites.
Agreements mets & wine
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Fresh Fruits
  • Fresh herbs

Technical identity
La Grande Dame 2012

Pinot Noir
6 G/L
Serving temperature
50 - 54
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 champagne bubbles to embody La Grande Dame 2012.