Veuve Clicquot launches La Grande Dame 2006

23rd October 2015

Veuve Clicquot launches La Grande Dame 2006

Veuve Clicquot has launched the most recent vintage of its prestige cuvée, La Grande Dame 2006 at a tutored tasting event in London, hosted by Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville.

La Grande Dame is named after Barbe Ponsardin, who married the Champagne house owner, François Clicquot in 1798 and who became a widow (a veuve in French) at only 27. Such was her skill as a Champagne maker, Madame La Veuve Clicquot was known by her peers as “La Grande Dame de la Champagne.”

Dominique said “The Grande Dame 2006 is a wonderful combination of freshness and voluptuousness. The nose is at first floral, fruity and then toasty, but very soon we have richer aromas of brioche, nougat, ginger and preserved lemon. The palate is fleshy and full but the texture is crisp and silky. The minerality of the chalk cuts through to balance the fleshy structure and contributes to the length of finish. Ageing has just enriched the balance that we saw at the harvest and during vinification. This vintage of La Grande dame will give pleasure until at least 2025.”

Also launched was La Grande Dame Rosé 2006, Dominique descried the cuvée as “complex, full, rich and structured with the same balancing freshness as the Grande Dame 2006. The tannins are already very well integrated and can be expected to blend in still further over the coming years.”

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