Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

La Grande Dame Brut Champagne Blend

9.31144 ratings
9.2289 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
Ed Lehrman

Very tasty. A touch oxidized in the nose but with air the citrus flavors really blossomed. A winner, plus love the old style bottle.

Very tasty. A touch oxidized in the nose but with air the citrus flavors really blossomed. A winner, plus love the old style bottle.

Dec 3rd, 2023
Conrad Green

Marine and iodene on the nose. The palate is richer- toasty notes, some warmth. Great acidity and fizz still. Not as complex s some but pretty good stuff

Marine and iodene on the nose. The palate is richer- toasty notes, some warmth. Great acidity and fizz still. Not as complex s some but pretty good stuff

Apr 16th, 2023
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; no formal notes as it was enjoyed quickly due to the setting and our celebratory mood. What I do recall is that this is a very fine Champagne however, it comes across a touch rounder than most 2008's at this level. The acid is sneaky however and I suspect time will reward those with patience.

Popped and poured; no formal notes as it was enjoyed quickly due to the setting and our celebratory mood. What I do recall is that this is a very fine Champagne however, it comes across a touch rounder than most 2008's at this level. The acid is sneaky however and I suspect time will reward those with patience.

Mar 20th, 2023
Garen Staglin

Yeasty and powerful. Amazing

Yeasty and powerful. Amazing

Dec 26th, 2022
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.4

Excellent but needs time still! 5 years and this will be sweet!

Excellent but needs time still! 5 years and this will be sweet!

Dec 21st, 2022
Conrad Green

Delicious. Light bright and fresh. Surprisingly accessible

Delicious. Light bright and fresh. Surprisingly accessible

Jul 5th, 2022
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1995 | oxy style | paired with a shrimp mango cocktail

Vintage 1995 | oxy style | paired with a shrimp mango cocktail

May 13th, 2022
Jens Lundqvist

Bartender/waiter/sommelier/ PA & Co

8.6

Lacks acidity

Lacks acidity

Jan 12th, 2022
Alder Yarrow

Wine Blogger Vinography

9.1

Dunno, I guess the color of the label seemed thematically appropriate for Halloween, but does one really need an excuse for opening a nice bottle of champagne! This one showed up alongside a demo unit of the latest Coravin Sparkling Wine Preserver @coravin, which I’m putting to the test over the next couple of weeks. It’s been a few years since I’ve had La Grande Dame, and my memory of it was richer and more autolytic than this 2008 was this evening. Precise and taut with a nice balance between crisp apple fruit, citrus pith and a more saline and brioche quality barely scented with marzipan.

Dunno, I guess the color of the label seemed thematically appropriate for Halloween, but does one really need an excuse for opening a nice bottle of champagne! This one showed up alongside a demo unit of the latest Coravin Sparkling Wine Preserver @coravin, which I’m putting to the test over the next couple of weeks. It’s been a few years since I’ve had La Grande Dame, and my memory of it was richer and more autolytic than this 2008 was this evening. Precise and taut with a nice balance between crisp apple fruit, citrus pith and a more saline and brioche quality barely scented with marzipan.

Nov 1st, 2021
James Forsyth

Rose, spices, orange peel, lemon curd, toast. The 2008 Grande Dame is balanced and tasty. Would drink other bottles of this over the next several years.

Rose, spices, orange peel, lemon curd, toast. The 2008 Grande Dame is balanced and tasty. Would drink other bottles of this over the next several years.

Oct 21st, 2021