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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 ChampagneMore vintages: 2006"Veuve Clicquot is a big house where we have a big responsibility to maintain the style, but every day we work to improve the quality." Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville explains the production ethos behind Veuve's characterful, full-bodied, pinot-focused wines. Privileged to a respectable 382 hectare estate, with facilities to envy; including multiple foudres of 5000 and 7500 litres, the house runs a huge operation in Reims. Its vintage wines are where Veuve Clicquot really steps up and La Grande Dame is its prestige cuvée - only produced in very limited amounts from 8 crus selected from Madame's own vineyards.
The blend is 64% Pinot Noir grapes from the Grands Crus at Ay, in the Grande Vallèe de la Marne, and at Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims and 36% Chardonnay grapes from three Grands Crus. The 2004 is the first La Grande Dame since 1998, a long time in the modern era of champagne.
A pale gold colour with jade glints, the wine is crystal clear, with unbelievably fine bubbles. Disarmingly youthful, it launches with lemon zest, grapefruit and red apple in the mouth. Barely beginning its life at a decade of age, this has a magnificent life ahead of it. Having tasted some vintages recently from the 1990's it demonstrates this champagnes ability to age very gracefully for many years.
Grape Varieties: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
Dosage: 8 g/L
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles. Veuve Clicquot Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“Lovely aromas of lemon and ginger. Powerful drive across the palate yet refined in texture. Zesty and fresh and long. Vivacious, tight and bright.”
“This was the least expressive of these four 2004 champagnes tasted blind by far. Very neutral nose, not that much palate impact or persistence, with lots of acidity which I - foolishly - assumed meant it was the least expensive, always 'cool-tasting' wine, the Delamotte. As a Grande Dame, this bottle was rather a disappointment. Or perhaps it was just outclassed.”
International Wine Cellar,
“Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees.”
“(made from fruit grown in eight different grand crus, mostly Verzenay and Avize; lot 5122815): Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees.”
“Very elegant, this is all in the details, offering precise and silky texture, mouthwatering acidity and a smoky, mineral undertow that enriches flavors of patisserie pear, crystallized honey, kumquat and toasted almond. Offers a clean, citrus-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027.”
“This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging.”
“61% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay. Six years on lees. Lovely biscuit and brioche richness. Very pure. Laser-like. Quite saline and taut. Still very simple on the palate, but undeniably super quality. Not heavy, but has strength.”
Veuve Clicquot Overview
Philippe Clicquot founded Veuve Clicquot in 1772 coming from a family of bankers and textile merchants he purchased a number of vineyards and decided to establish a wine business under the family name. His vision was to sell his Champagne 'across all borders'.
In June 1798 Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin married Francois-Marie Clicquot, the son of Philippe in a secret wedding service in the cellars due to the French revolution being in full swing. Auspiciously, the priest gave the happy couple a book by Dom Pérignon. The 17th Century Monk Dom Pérignon had written about new methods of producing sparkling wine. By combining several varieties of grape into an assemblage, he was able to harness the fermentation process. He went on to use more solid, cork bottles. But the vin du diable had yet to be completely tamed. Yeast would form sticky filaments and leave a deposit that made the finished wine cloudy and spoiled its taste. But Madame Clicquot would change all that.
The Code Napoleon and bourgeois codes of behaviour forced French women to live in the shadow of their husbands. It took a woman with confidence and fair amount of grit to venture into business. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, was one such woman, widowed at the age of 27 with a three year old daughter; she convinced her father-in-law to let her manage the business and went on to achieve iconic status among champagne buffs. The February following the death of her husband she invested 80,000 francs and went into partnership with Alexandre Fourneaux, who had mastered the art of assemblage. Unfortunately her first attempts in charge were a bit of a disaster.
Back alone and assisted by her cellar-man Antoine-Aloys de Muller, Madame Clicquot perfected the art of 'remuage' or riddling. Special racks were produced to hold the bottles at an angle and over a six to eight week period the bottles were rotated by a quarter-turn every day. The lees gradually settled in the neck of the bottle. The cork was then drawn, the sediment removed and liqueur (a mixture of still wine and sugar) added. Once this technique was perfected the champagne was crystal clear. With a few minor improvements this method is still used today.
From 1876 onwards the company bottled all the dry champagne destined for Britain with a yellow label. When Madam Clicquot died in July 1866, newspapers all over the world paid tribute to the old lady. She and her loyal assistants had conquered the world, sales had reached a staggering 750,000 bottles a year!
"Veuve Clicquot is a big house where we have a big responsibility to maintain the style, but every day we work to improve the quality." Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville explains the production ethos behind Veuve's characterful, full-bodied, pinot-focused wines. Privileged to a respectable 382 hectare estate, with facilities to envy; including multiple foudres of 5000 and 7500 litres, the house runs a huge operation in Reims.