Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2008 La Grande Dame Brut
The high percentage of pinot noir lends this vintage champagne extraordinary structure and strength, tempered by a pleasingly fresh minerality, silky texture and elegant complexity. A tribute to Madame Clicquot, La Grande Dame 2008 reflects the best of the maison’s grand cru terroir. Delicate and rare, it is a champagne with outstanding aging potential
In 1805, Madame Clicquot, a young widow of 27 years, took over the reins of the House founded in Reims in 1772 and became one of the first business women in history. Audacious and visionary, she made her champagne known to the world Know How & Craftsmanship: For over 200 years, the House has stayed true to its motto : ‘Only one quality, the finest’
Pinot noir (92%) and chardonnay (8%) from six grand cru vineyards – Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzy, Verzenay and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger – make up this vintage. A cool and rainy spring and a cool, dry summer created grapes with a remarkable acidity that recalled other extraordinary vintages from the maison. Aged for 10 years, it has a complexity that will develop further in time.
A light, shimmering gold.
A vibrant, fresh opening gives way to more rounded aromas of dried figs and apricots, ripe pear and a hint of hazelnuts. A sharp minerality shines through in this vintage, with flavours of citrus and cherry complemented by a silky texture. With a high proportion of pinot noir, it finds a perfect balance between freshness and structure.
Poached chicken served with a sesame dressing and crunchy Asian greens makes an excellent accompaniment.