Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin’s Prestige Cuvee. La Grande Dame, is a very great wine which pays homage to a very great lady in the champagne world, Madame Cliquot. The incomparable finnesse of this cuvee results from a blend of eight Grands Crus traditionally used for this wine.
La Grande Dame 1998 is a pale gold-green colour with brilliant reflections that are typical of the vintage. Effervescence is delicate and extremely steady. On the nose this wine is exceptionally elegant. Dominant floral notes (mint and white flowers) mingle with hints of fresh fruit (citrus fruits, fresh almonds). As it undergoes aeration, riper notes of vanilla and nougat come to the fore, giving a pleasant roundness to the wine. At this stage a typical Chardonnay characteristic, crisp elegance, clearly prevails over aromatic strength. In the mouth, the Pinot Noir reveals its true personality. Fruity notes (white peaches, grapefruit and bergamot) dominate an energetic attack on the palate, which is prolonged by the structure and roundedness of the wine. The balance, a combination of freshness and vigour, is ideal. With a finish that is extremely persistent and clean, mineral notes add force to this noble wine. Although La Grande Dame is still a long way from its peak, this wine constitutes an apéritif of exception. True connoisseurs will arm themselves with patience and take great pleasure in drinking this champagne in a few years’ time, once it has come to full cellar maturity.