Veuve Clicquot's Prestige Cuvee, La Grande Dame, is a very great wine
which pays homage to a "grande dame de la Champagne," -Madame Clicquot.
La Grande Dame 2004 is based on a blend of eight Grands Crus traditionally used for this wine. The blend is dominated by Pinot Noir grapes (61%) which come from Ay in the vallee de la Marne and Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montage de Reims. The Chardonnay grapes, (39%) come from vineyard plots in Avize, Oger, and Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Cote des Blancs.
Wine Enthusiast (WE): 94
"This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging."
Wine Spectator (WS): 94
"Very elegant, this is all in the details: precise and silky texture, mouthwatering acidity and a smoky, mineral undertow that enriches flavors of patisserie pear, crystallized honey, kumquat and toasted almond. Offers a clean, citrus-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027."