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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004
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Montagne de Reims
Vallée de la Marne
Commonly known for its high quality and famous yellow-orange label, the House of Veuve Clicquot has never ceased to be bold since its founding in 1772, just like the woman who founded its fame. The woman who was nicknamed the "Grande Dame of Champagne" will indeed have become one of the first businesswomen in history, but beyond that, she will have offered an international dimension to her Champagnes that she cherished so much.
What is the history of the House of Veuve Clicquot?
It was in 1772 that Philippe Clicquot founded his house of Champagne in Reims. His son François would succeed him and marry a certain Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798. When François died prematurely in 1805, the latter found herself at the head of the Champagne house and proved to be particularly gifted in business over time. She will succeed in the feat of maintaining an international distribution network, something very Rare for the time and testifying to her stubbornness, and will make her Champagnes known throughout Europe within the royal courts, including up to that of the Tsars of Russia.
Success continuing throughout the following centuries, the House of Veuve-Clicquot was integrated into the luxury group LVMH in 1987, having made it the second best-selling Champagne in the world today. The Champagnes Veuve-Clicquot have thus never lost their timeless style and great finesse.
What is the terroir of the House Veuve Clicquot?
The vineyard of the House Veuve Clicquot covers an area of 390 hectares of vines, of which nearly 85% are classified as Premier Cru (12 communes out of 17) and Grand Cru (20 communes out of 44). Chardonnay is planted in majority, followed by Pinot Noir and finally Pinot Meunier. Throughout the year, more than a hundred winemakers maintain and shape the vineyards of Maison Veuve Clicquot, which has been certified in sustainable viticulture since 2014.
The emblematic cuvées of Maison Veuve Clicquot
Haute couture cuvées see the light of day at Maison Veuve Clicquot, each one immortalizing a unique tasting moment.
The Champagne Millésimé Vintage 2012 is a blend of all three varietals that is carried on a sumptuous aromatics of citrus, fruit Secs and toastiness. Rich and full-bodied, it is perfect for an aperitif as well as for all types of gourmet meals. In the Rosé version, the 2012 Vintage Rosé is more focused on red fruits and gourmandise.
But it is undoubtedly La Grande Dame, which is the house's most prestigious vintage, paying homage to the "Grande Dame of Champagne". The 2012 vintage Grande Dame sports a label designed by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and its Pinot Noir dominance gives it structure and marked aromatic expression. Particularly harmonious and deep, it is a memorable Champagne.
As for La Grande Dame Millésime 2008, the sensations are different but equally balanced and elegant. The red fruits, citrus and floral notes are intense and make it complex and delicate.