Created in 1962 and launched in 1972 to celebrate the bicentenary of the House, La Grande Dame is a wine that is both a tribute to Madame Clicquot and the reflection of the Veuve Clicquot terroir. Pursing this quest for perfection, Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot's inspired Cellar Master reveals his very first La Grande Dame creation via his new vintage: La Grande Dame 2008, comprised of a blend with 92% Pinot Noir – the highest percentage in Veuve Clicquot’s history.
The spring of 2008 was cool and rainy, and thanks to an also cool but dry summer, grapes ripened in excellent conditions. Several factors were taken into consideration to make 2008 La Grande Dame cuvée in respecting tradition and the House's quest for excellence: both the exceptional quality of the grapes, and above all else a remarkable acidity which recalled other extraordinary Vintages at Veuve Clicquot such as 1995, 1985, and 1979.
Wally's President, Christian Navarro, sat down with Dominique Demarville at Wally's Beverly Hills to discuss his first Grande Dame: the debut powerhouse 2008 La Grande Dame, along with his thoughts on the process, the champagne's notes and unique structure, and the legacy of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne House, in his eyes.
2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut
97 points, Decanter / 94 points, Wine Advocate / 94 points, Wine Spectator
Wally's Price: $200.00
2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut Rose
93 points, Wine Enthusiast
Wally's Price: $350.00