Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008
|Region||France, Champagne, Reims|
La Grande Dame 2006 is an exclusive blend of our eight classic Grands Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir; Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full-bodied; the Chardonnay wines are of considerable distinction.
Appearance: Shiny with golden highlights. Shimmery, very thin bubbles.
Aromas: Mineral and floral. Fresh fruits. Toasted notes.
Pairings: Appetizers Smoked, cured products Shellfish (lobster, oysters) Fish (Saint Pierre, Sea bass) Starters Monkfish Scallop Dry cheese (Goat cheese) Crystallised citrus fruits.
An elegant Champagne, powered by a sculpted frame of acidity and minerality, this wears the refined, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toast and marzipan like finely tailored clothing. Fresh and lasting, with hints of spice and smoke on the finish. Disgorged August 2016. Drink now through 2033.
Exhibiting aromas of pear, toasted brad, confit citrus and smoke, the 2008 Brut La Grande Dame is full-bodied, rich and textural, with a deep and layered core, ripe but racy acids and a saline finish. A blend dominated by fully 92% Pinot Noir, this is true to the cuvée's rich and muscular style, but the vintage lends it welcome additional cut and precision. It's showing a lot better than the bottles I tasted in the United States last year.
This rich Champagne is dominated, as usual, by Pinot Noir. Its ripe fruit is approaching maturity, the hints of toast and croissant becoming more apparent. It is balanced, rich but textured and with an opulent, ripe aftertaste. Drink now.