Introducing Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut
98 Points Huon Hooke & 97 points Tyson Stelzer
In a unique carousel gift box
This wine will still be perfect for an aperitif for some years to come. It will be delicious with starters or appetisers made with shellfish and noble fish (oysters, langoustines, monkfish or John Dory). A large glass would bring out all the magic in this entrancing wine. The colour is luminous, sparkling gold with amber highlights. There is plenty of effervescence. The fine, light bead swirls up slowly and gracefully. The first nose reveals a definite mineral base, with noble fruit (white peaches, bergamot) and remarkable intensity. On agitating, the bouquet becomes gourmand and voluptuous with hints of brioche, nougat, apricot, vanilla, frangipane and jasmine. On the palate, there is plenty of body and substance. The texture is crisp and silky. The chalky mineral note resonates magnificently with this full-bodied structure and intensifies the lengthy persistence. The Verzenay/Avize duet (the two dominant crus in this blend of 8 grand crus) takes on its full dimension. The finish is fresh and generous.
Blend – 61% Pinot Noir 39% Chardonnay. An exclusive blend of our 8 traditional grand crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil sur Oger.
“ 2004 La Grande Dame follows 1998. This is a mind-boggling statement, considering the years in between. No other house, bar none, skipped these five vintages. The endorsement that this in itself places on 2004 in the Clicquot cellars cannot be overstated. And the wine delivers. My goodness, does it deliver! Close acquaintances of La Grande Dame will fondly recall the layered complexity of 1998. Six years younger, 2004 is breathtakingly pristine and youthful. Its defining feature is its minerality, its deep and all-pervading chalk. An exceedingly refined fruit profile is alive with energy and awe-inspiring persistence, uniting red fruits, lemon and grapefruit zest with a flicker of mixed spice and toast.” – 97 Points Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste
“A magical wine, refined and stylish, with piercing aromas of smoky/toasty pinot, a hint of mushroom and even vegemite. Rich, full palate with profound, powerful flavour. Endless aftertaste of great harmony.” – 98 Points Huon Hooke
This is not parallel imported stock and comes straight from the Champagne house itself, ensuring quality control and excellence..