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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006
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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Champagne

More vintages: 2004"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.
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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame,
Jun 2016
“The 2006 vintage in is ampleness and power fits to the Pinot-driven style of La Grande Dame. The nose has refined restraint to it successfully taming the big Pinot fruit to a classy ensemble. The typical toffee note is present alongside spice, nuts and hay. Upon release it (mid-2014 disgorgement) is positively free of unwanted oxidative characters. The palate is plush and smooth yet muscular, built to last. There is a degree of oiliness on the palate that gets refreshed by the lemony zinginess of the acidity and firmed by the phenolic bite at the very end. A big La Grande Dame but not the most elegant one.”,
Oct 2015
“Winter was particularly cold and long and spring was mixed, but with good conditions for budding. Flowering took place in late June, in what was unseasonably hot weather. Summer was chaotic, with conditions in August more akin to those in late autumn. Fortunately, the vines were able to draw on their reserves to produce an abundant yield of superb quality. We harvested a very fine crop between 14 and 29 September. At the very end of picking, there was some botrytis but it had no impact on the quality of the harvest and our meticulous sorting operation removed any damaged grapes. The young Pinot Noir wines were fruity and full-bodied and the young Chardonnay wines had lots of elegance and breed. 53% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay. Dosage 8 g/l, disgorged January 2014.
Pale straw. A little smoky and reductive on the nose but when a top-up is poured into the glass it brings out a lovely creamy delicacy, opening to minerally citrus. Very slightly toasty on the palate, with terrific fruit depth and concentration, cool deep citrus flavours, rich and mealy like a good burgundy but then with the Pinot structure and fruit increasing the weight. Full bodied, powerful, and terrific length thanks especially to the freshness, gently honeyed on the finish and elegant overall, irrespective of the power. This vintage includes the lowest proportion of Pinot Noir ever because they wanted to keep the elegance. (JH)”
Bought directly from Moet Hennessey UK Ltd, this is currently held in bond at Vinotheque in Burton-On-Trent, where it is cellared in ideal conditions and for same day deliveries small quantities are held in our London offices in a top of the range Eurocave

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