La Grande Dame Rose is called the "quintessence of Veuve Clicquot" by cellarmaster Jacques Péters, it follows the distinguished legacy of La Grande Dame and enriches the tradition of Veuve Clicquot's Rosé Champagnes, a House specialty since 1777. La Grande Dame Rosé is produced only from the eight grand cru vineyards Madame Clicquot purchased in her lifetime, with still Pinot Noir from Bouzy, a grand cru vineyard especially favored by Madame Clicquot.
La Grande Dame Rosé 1995 is a luminous deep gold/red with a persistent, fine mousse. The rich, intense nose displays notes of dried fruits (black figs, dates) and mild spices (vanilla) in harmony with a softer, almost creamy base. On the palate the texture is deep, dense and tightly woven. The structure of the pinot noir is perfectly rounded. Gracious notes of black cherries and raspberries dominate the finish. The exceptional flavor and taste of this truly great Champagne make it a magnificent accompaniment to fine cuisine, or it can be enjoyed as an apéritif for its superb merits.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VINTAGE:
1995 began with a mild winter and budburst occurred during the second week of April. After a short cold spell, the flowering was ecellent, due to hot, almost summer-like weather. Ripening was very raped and picking began on September 21st. This is a vintage that will age very well.
Exclusively from the 8 Grand crus vineyards purchased by Madame Clicquot in the 19th century.
37.5% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger)
62.5% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and Grand Vallée de la Marne (Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Aÿ)
15% still Pinot Noir (Bouzy)