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Christian Navarro Sits Down with Dominique Demarville, Chef De Cave of Veuve Clicquot
August 7, 2019

Christian Navarro Sits Down with Dominique Demarville, Chef De Cave of Veuve Clicquot


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

"La Grande Dame 2008 has a surprising glint of light gold color. Initially it reveals a strong attack, both aerial and delicate. Upon being released it presents notes of dried fruits (almonds, figs, apricots), ripe white fruits (pears), and finally, subtle toasted notes of hazelnut and praline. The luscious pastry notes are well balanced with the blend’s freshness and clarity. The attack is strong and sharp. La Grande Dame 2008 bestows a silky texture upon young fruits, carried by citrus and red fruit (cherry) notes." - Producer Notes

2008 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut Rose

93 points, Wine Enthusiast

Wally's Price: $350.00

"La Grande Dame Rosé 2008 offers a beautiful pink gold with light copper hues. It is full-bodied and smooth, then becomes refined with fresh aromas. The Pinot Noir’s generosity resonates beautifully after a slow and long aging in the Veuve Clicquot cellars. The wine shows powerful notes of red fruits (raspberry and strawberry), combined with citrus notes (blood orange, grapefruit), and finally holds a perfect balance between subtle and spicy with notes of red berries, rooibos tea and fine leather. The attack is delicate and smooth. In full harmony with the nose, fruit outshines the palate and presents intensity in red and black fruits (cherry, strawberry, blackberry and blackcurrant). The strength and youth are carved by long aging notes, dried flowers and smoky notes, presenting an incredible complexity which is worthy of the best Pinot Noir of Champagne." - Producer Note

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