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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2008

Mix 12
£638.00
Mix 6
£640.00
Per Bottle
£644.00
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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 Rosé 2008 was obtained with the addition of 14% red wine made entirely from Pinot Noir grapes from the village of Bouzy. The vast majority of grapes originate from Clos Colin, one of Veuve Clicquot's best lots situated in the heart of the Grand Cru village.

Weather: 2008 was dominated by grey, overcast skies – an exception in a decade characterized by bold, generous sunshine. Spring and summer rought the same lack of sunlight and absence of high temperatures. It was September that saved the vintage, belatedly and miraculously. Just when the harvest was getting underway (on September 15), the weather conditions were finally perfect: blue skies and prolonged north-northeasterly winds. Picking was spread out over a long period in order to benefit from this positive turn of events. The grapes were riper than anyone dared hope, and had truly outstanding balance. The vines were in perfect health.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Pinot Noir: Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Verzy | Chardonnay: Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger | Red Wine: Bouzy - Clos Colin
Grape Varieties: 92% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay, 14% Red Wine
Lees Ageing: 8 years
Dosage: 6 g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Drink: Now to 2030+

Tasting Note: Rose gold, full-bodied and fresh, powerful aromas of red fruits are complemented by citrus notes, and finally hints of rooibos tea and fine leather. Complex, and in full harmony with the nose, this champagne is redolent of red and black fruits, dried flowers and smoke, with a long, luscious finish.
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Overview
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Expert Reviews
95 → 97/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Medium-deep salmon colour. Evolving, powerful Pinot nose with plenty of character deriving from the 14% red wine addition. A complex mélange of dark cherry, smoke, game, red apple and pastry. Round, plush and exquisitely fruity palate, slightly on the winey side but comes with fine acidic backbone and vivacity. A touch of ripe tannin on the back palate and lovely lemony succulence bringing freshness and deliciousness. ”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Disgorged May 2017 and launched at the same time as La Grande Dame Blanc. The same blend as the white plus 14% red wine from their own vineyard – Clos Colin, between Louvois and Bouzy. South facing. 29-year-old vines.
A little bit of reduction. Deep orange Aperol colour. Tense and lively, with masses of fruit and openness. Dominique Demarville sees it as rather like a Chambolle. Good bite (‘positive bitterness’), after almost blowsy fruit. Dominique Demarville would like to launch the rosé a year after the white. Distinctive and confident – and much more approachable than the white. A bit like bitters, almost Campari. Morello cherries! More finesse than the white 2008 vintage.”
93/100
William Kelley
“The 2008 Brut Rosé La Grande Dame is also showing well, wafting from the glass with notes of red berries, warm spices, toasted brioche and citrus rind. Full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it's a vinous, muscular wine like its white sibling, with a lively spine of acidity and delicately phenolic back-end grip.”
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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