Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004

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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. The 2004 vintage is the first La Grande Dame since 1998, a long time in the modern era of champagne.

Weather: The 2004 vintage saw an initial winter of mild temperatures with intermittent storms and hail. The spring and summer months were hot and sunny and the sugar levels late in September produced good quality fruits, especially for the Pinot Noir grapes. A huge harvest in general for the region. Overall many experts believe that 2004 is one of the greatest vintages of the last two decades.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 8 g/l
Drink: Now to 2024

Tasting Note: A pale gold colour with jade glints, this 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 magnificent ageing ahead of it. Having tasted some vintages recently from the 1990s, they demonstrate that this champagne has the ability to age very gracefully for many years to come.
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Expert Reviews
17/20
Julia Harding MW
“Lovely aromas of lemon and ginger. Powerful drive across the palate yet refined in texture. Zesty and fresh and long. Vivacious, tight and bright.”
17/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“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.”
93/100
Stephen Tanzer
“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.”
93/100
Josh Raynolds
“(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.”
94/100
Wine Spectator
“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.”
94/100
Roger Voss
“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.”
17+/20
Richard Hemming
“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.”
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Awards
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IWC Gold 2015
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