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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama 2012

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Description & Technical Information
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Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is a House steeped in rich history that owes its success largely to one woman, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot also invented the riddling rack on her kitchen table, an apparatus that removes the sediment from the bottle after second fermentation still used in the region today. Veuve Clicquot own a respectable 382 hectares of vineyards with an emphasis on Pinot Noir. The House maintains the largest collection of old reserve wines in Champagne, these help give Yellow Label its complexity while ensuring the high quality is maintained in the world’s second bestselling Champagne brand. In 2008 Dominique Demarville joined as Cellar Master, he “refreshed the brand” including increasing the proportion of Pinot Noir in La Grande Dame to 90%+ and with blending shifts he brought a new freshness in Yellow Label. In 2019 Didier Mariotti took over as Cellar Master.

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.

La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama is a collaboration to celebrate Veuve Clicquot's long lasting commitment to innovation and design.

Weather: With its highly capricious weather, few could have predicted the outcome of the 2012 harvest. But ultimately, the year’s warmth and sunshine prevailed to help define this exceptional vintage. A fine example of the La Grande Dame style, this cuvée perfectly expresses the radiant maturity of the 2012 harvest and the finesse and complexity of Pinot Noir.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Avize & Le Mesnil-sur-Oger
Grape Varieties: 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged: September 2019
Dosage: 6 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2030

Tasting Note: light gold colour with a surprising glint. On the nose, initial notes of white flowers on the nose, such as jasmine, honeysuckle and vine flowers can be felt and then opens with fruitier nuances of apple, pear and peach. On the palate, a few notes of fresh almond and frangipane complete the bouquet. In the mouth, the cuvée reveals more complex aromas: dried apricot, hazelnuts, honey and sugar candy. Silky textures give the wine its personality, elegance and character. The aging has imparted depth and power to the wine.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Overview
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Expert Reviews
95 → 97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Yayoi Kusama’s bubbly (or rather polka dotty) design contributes, but wow, what a wine the 2012 edition is! The ’new’ La Grande Dame was first created by chef de cave Dominique Demarville in 2008 as almost a blanc de noirs. But for the 2012 (an excellent harvest, a real contender to the 2008) La Grande Dame they have managed to further fine-tune its precision and purity.”
95/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Since the 2008 vintage, La Grande Dame has been strongly Pinot Noir-dominant, with the emphasis on elegance. In 2012, Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay and Verzy made up the Pinot Noir part of the blend, while the Chardonnay originated in Avize and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Softly fruity, the toast and pastry-complexed nose offers sweet apricot, cranberries, vanilla, smoke and pomegranate. There is lots of volume on the plush, concentrated palate, which comes with a saline vibrancy and drive. A really dynamic and tightly knit wine, with ages ahead of it. This is fresh and elegant to the degree that it is hard to imagine it has 90% Pinot Noir. Disgorged 2/20; dosage 6g/l”
93/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2012 La Grande Dame is terrific. In fact, it is one of the finest recent Grande Dames I can remember tasting. Vibrant and tense, the 2012 exudes energy. At this stage, the natural richness of the 2012 vintage is hidden behind the wine's bright, salivating acids. Green apple, pear, mint and white pepper add a brilliant aromatic top register. I would cellar the 2012 for at least a few years, as it is nowhere near ready to drink. ”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Notably mineral – even metallic – nose. Certainly not the floral perfume of Pinot Noir but something quite tight and not at all sweet. More structured, transparent, fresh and rewarding than many a Grande Dame I have tasted before. Long and well balanced with some lift and even slight bitterness on the end. I can see winemaker Didier Mariotti's description of this as 'vertical'.”
95/100
Anne Krebiehl MW
“Vanilla and creaminess on the nose evoke fresh Viennoisserie with a slight overtone of smoke. The palate reveals chalky depth and lovely generosity but in a very streamlined, direct and fresh fashion. There is something beautifully driven at its core., something stony, chalky and direct. The finish is dry and salty.”
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Awards
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CSWWC 2022 Gold
CSWWC 2021 Gold
News Articles
  1. Veuve Clicquot: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    Veuve Clicquot: 2018 Vins Clairs Tasting

    April 9, 2019

    An insightful vins clairs tasting with Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot's eminent Chef de Cave, painted a clear picture of the 2018 vintage. Fresh, ripe and mature, with plenty of ageing potential, the base wines at Clicquot were either exceptional or good... none of them were bad.
  2. Veuve Clicquot: 2017 Vins Clairs

    Veuve Clicquot: 2017 Vins Clairs

    May 23, 2018

    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.
  3. Veuve Clicquot: 200th Rosé Anniversary

    Veuve Clicquot: 200th Rosé Anniversary

    May 17, 2018

    To commemorate the 200th anniversary since Madame Clicquot invented blended rosé champagne, Veuve Clicquot revealed the first ever Jeroboam of Rosé NV during a celebratory dinner at Manoir de Verzy and shared the secrets of their red winemaking expertise at a tasting in London.
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