Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

La Grande Dame Brut Champagne Blend

9.3910 ratings
9.3243 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
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2008 ‘La Grand Dame’ by Veuve Clicquot is a revelation at more than ten years old. At this stage the Champagne is a tightly wound, monster of a wine, displaying deep diatomaceous earth tones that marvelously mingle with lemon oil and hazelnut aromatics that all are woven together in the glass. Rich, round and highly satisfying on the mouth, the palate shows shades of roasted pineapple, Japanese pear, kumquat, salted praline and suggestions of freshly baked sourdough bread. This is massive now and really needs a few years of bottle age before enjoying. Drink 2020-2040- 95

The 2008 ‘La Grand Dame’ by Veuve Clicquot is a revelation at more than ten years old. At this stage the Champagne is a tightly wound, monster of a wine, displaying deep diatomaceous earth tones that marvelously mingle with lemon oil and hazelnut aromatics that all are woven together in the glass. Rich, round and highly satisfying on the mouth, the palate shows shades of roasted pineapple, Japanese pear, kumquat, salted praline and suggestions of freshly baked sourdough bread. This is massive now and really needs a few years of bottle age before enjoying. Drink 2020-2040- 95

Jul 26th, 2019
boyd pearson

The bubbles linger forever. So good.

The bubbles linger forever. So good.

Jun 24th, 2019
Patrick Derdeyn

A very enjoyable although not quite profound bottle. Rich brioche with citrus and pear notes. A crisp finish framed by nice acidity. Perhaps this should rest a few more years, or maybe it’s just the vintage as I’ve not had an 06 yet that was really bringing it.

A very enjoyable although not quite profound bottle. Rich brioche with citrus and pear notes. A crisp finish framed by nice acidity. Perhaps this should rest a few more years, or maybe it’s just the vintage as I’ve not had an 06 yet that was really bringing it.

May 22nd, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Second time I have had this an amazing array of brioche , toffee , stone fruits , orange marmalade , minerals . Rich yet still vibrant with notes of nougat ripe apricot , liquid minerals , brioche, and a finish of dried fruits that lingers on and on Wow !

Second time I have had this an amazing array of brioche , toffee , stone fruits , orange marmalade , minerals . Rich yet still vibrant with notes of nougat ripe apricot , liquid minerals , brioche, and a finish of dried fruits that lingers on and on Wow !

Mar 3rd, 2019
Greg Koslosky

Mature with toffee brioche ripe apple and nuts . In the total secondary phase a good time to drink up .

Mature with toffee brioche ripe apple and nuts . In the total secondary phase a good time to drink up .

Feb 7th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Mostly reductive in style with slight hints of oxidation. Nice white citrus, beautiful soft chalkiness, sea spray, nice mouthfeel with micro bubbles, white flowers and very good acidity and soft, subtle beautiful finish.

Mostly reductive in style with slight hints of oxidation. Nice white citrus, beautiful soft chalkiness, sea spray, nice mouthfeel with micro bubbles, white flowers and very good acidity and soft, subtle beautiful finish.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Garen Staglin

Rich, yeasty and full bodied. Spectacular.

Rich, yeasty and full bodied. Spectacular.

Nov 23rd, 2018
Kiley Baker

Certified Specialist of Wine/Educator/Owner of Wine Genie LLC

9.3

One of my favorites from@the evening at Highland City Club, Boulder

One of my favorites from@the evening at Highland City Club, Boulder

Nov 10th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

A great grand dame fully mature but with excellent intensity , bubbles and layers of flavors second best I have had ever next to the 1979! Wow!

A great grand dame fully mature but with excellent intensity , bubbles and layers of flavors second best I have had ever next to the 1979! Wow!

Sep 29th, 2018
Lee Pitofsky

Rich, precise and mouthfilling, notes of toasted brioche, hazelnut, orange and apple

Rich, precise and mouthfilling, notes of toasted brioche, hazelnut, orange and apple

Jan 20th, 2018