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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2006 Champagne 75cl
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Weather: The 2006 vintage was a year of mixed weather. It began with a rainy spell and late spring, but with little or no frost in the vineyards. Early summer was positive, with the months of June and July creating perfect conditions for flowering. Although there were some storms in late-July, the overall health of the vines was great since the weather remained hot through to the harvest with spells of rain in August promoting even healthier grapes.
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger
Grape Varieties: 53% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Dosage: 9 g/l
Drink: Now to 2026
Tasting Note: Light gold color. Complex nose, revealing stone fruit fragrances, dried fruits, pastry discreet touch, gingerbread and mocha. The mouth marries vinosity precision and freshness. Nice length. This is an opulent vintage from a warm harvest: a great Grande Dame.
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)”
Privileged to a respectable 382-hectare estate with facilities to envy, Veuve Clicquot today run an immense operation in Reims. The House style is voluptuous and deeply fruity with a preference for Pinot Noir dominance. An unusually large proportion of old reserve wines give their non-vintage champagne nuances and depth not found elsewhere and their vintage expressions are deliciously ageing classics. Industry genius, Dominique Demarville has been ensuring Veuve Clicquot's continued success as Cellar Master since 2008.
Cellar Master: Dominique Demarville
Winery Location: Reims | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Montagne de Reims
Annual Production (bottles): Undisclosed
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In June 1798, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin married Philippe’s son, Francçois-Marie Clicquot in a wedding service held in the winery’s cellars, kept secret due to the ongoing French revolution. Auspiciously, the priest gave the happy couple a book by Dom Pérignon. The famous 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, however the ‘vin du diable’ (wine of the devil) had yet to be completely tamed. Yeast would form sticky laments 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 a fair amount of grit to venture into business. Barbe-Nicole Clicquot was one such woman: widowed at the age of 27 and 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.
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, gradually settling the lees in the neck of the bottle. The cork was then drawn, the sediment removed and liqueur de tirage (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 Madame 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 and sales had reached a staggering 750,000 bottles a year!
Today’s Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville, explains the production ethos behind Clicquot’s characterful, full-bodied and pinot-focused wines: “Veuve Clicquot is a big house where we have a huge responsibility to maintain the style, but every day we work to improve the quality.” Privileged to a respectable 382 hectares with facilities to envy, the house runs a huge operation in Reims.