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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1979

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£480.00
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Description & Technical Information
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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’. Veuve Clicquot's prestige cuvée, it is an exclusive blend of eight of their historical Grand Crus and is a mineral and fresh expression of the Veuve Clicquot style.

Weather in 1979: A year that proved satisfactory for many winemakers, both in quality and quantity. Following a cold, rainy spring, the return of the sun and warmer temperatures fostered good growth of the vines. The harvest in early October offered up bunches of shimmering golden Chardonnay grapes.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay
Lees Ageing: 9 years
Disgorged: January 2018
Dosage: 4 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: Unfurling in the glass with a rich bouquet of orange rind, clear honey, coniferous forest floor, wheat toast and hints of black truffle. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's textural and concentrated, with lively acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, saline finish. This is a muscular, intense Grande Dame at the peak of its powers. - Tasted by William Kelley
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Expert Reviews
95/100
William Kelley
“The 1979 Brut La Grande Dame is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with a rich bouquet of orange rind, clear honey, coniferous forest floor, wheat toast and hints of black truffle. Full-bodied, ample and layered, it's textural and concentrated, with lively acids, a pinpoint mousse and a long, saline finish. This is a muscular, intense Grande Dame at the peak of its powers.”
18/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged early 2018. Jacques Peters joined Veuve Clicquot in 1979. Picked early October. 67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay. Light and crisp year. Bigger crop than 1989. Dosage 4 g/l.
Coppery gold. Full mirabelle nose. Pungent, vibrant palate. Long. Heady and tense. A little less exuberant than the 1989 Grande Dame but certainly still appetising. Still lots of chew and freshness. Coming up on the outside lane. Really grew in the glass.”
95/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 1979 La Grande Dame is one of the more exotic wines in this tasting. Kirsch, rose petal and Mirabelle plum all give the 1979 an intensely aromatic, perfumed profile that is nicely balanced by underlying veins of acidity that give the wine its freshness and energy. ”
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    We tasted the 2017 vins clairs at Veuve Clicquot with Chief Winemaker Gaëlle Goossens, who described it as "a difficult year, but good for Chardonnay". We also discussed her thoughts on innovating winemaking by bridging the gap between oenology and viticulture.
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