Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

La Grande Dame Brut Champagne Blend

9.31065 ratings
9.3273 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
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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
Chris McClellan

Super fun, lively acid and toasted apples and bready...simply drank in the sun...

Super fun, lively acid and toasted apples and bready...simply drank in the sun...

Oct 10th, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.5

2008. Bomb.com... rich and elegant with nuance of fresh oak. It’s young and beastly but damn so fresh. I want to wait but tempted to drink my whole stash right now. Lovely!
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2008. Bomb.com... rich and elegant with nuance of fresh oak. It’s young and beastly but damn so fresh. I want to wait but tempted to drink my whole stash right now. Lovely!
*** don’t forget to sign up for my daily emails at Alex@nolimitfinewines.com for up to date offers on rare and limited wines at the best price USA***

Apr 12th, 2020
Bob McDonald

Have had odd glasses of La Grande Dame but this is the first time I have shared a bottle with the better half and we were both mightily impressed. A veritable effervescent cloud of ultra fine bubbles. Yeasty aromas of Vegemite and fresh bread - some green Apple notes (aldehydes?). Lemony and grapefruit flavours on the palate with a silky texture. Very fresh at 16 years of age with intensity. Fine and subtle yet full bodied and intense - quite beguiling. The epitome of fine champagne. Will definitely buy the 2008 La Grande Dame.

Have had odd glasses of La Grande Dame but this is the first time I have shared a bottle with the better half and we were both mightily impressed. A veritable effervescent cloud of ultra fine bubbles. Yeasty aromas of Vegemite and fresh bread - some green Apple notes (aldehydes?). Lemony and grapefruit flavours on the palate with a silky texture. Very fresh at 16 years of age with intensity. Fine and subtle yet full bodied and intense - quite beguiling. The epitome of fine champagne. Will definitely buy the 2008 La Grande Dame.

Mar 26th, 2020
Ron R
9.2

Happy new year DL peeps.
Enjoying this, but we both felt it was extra brut, rather than the brut label designation.
Typical champers notes of brioche and almonds. Good citrus grip, which finishes with muscular bubbles and a near bone-dry finish. Not quite our style, but still good.

Happy new year DL peeps.
Enjoying this, but we both felt it was extra brut, rather than the brut label designation.
Typical champers notes of brioche and almonds. Good citrus grip, which finishes with muscular bubbles and a near bone-dry finish. Not quite our style, but still good.

Jan 2nd, 2020
Alex Lallos

Owner No Limit Fine Wines, Private Wine Consultant

9.3

So young but so good. Time to load up on these 08s. We’ll be happy we did in 5-10 years. Gobble gobble

So young but so good. Time to load up on these 08s. We’ll be happy we did in 5-10 years. Gobble gobble

Nov 29th, 2019
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

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