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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 1998
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 1998
(search item no. 92292)
collectible wine

The Wine News rating: 97 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $299.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1990 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A luminous, deep gold/red and 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 own 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.

Components:
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)

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About Veuve Clicquot:

The House was founded by Philippe Clicquot in 1772. Since its inception, Veuve Clicquot has been a specialist in Champagnes based on Pinot Noir, especially Rosé. In 1803, François Clicquot was married to Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin. Madame Clicquot was widowed just two years later. Veuve Clicquot (Veuve means widow in French) took over her husband's business. In 1810, the house took the name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The way that she ran her company, from risky overseas ventures to startling technological innovations, changed Champagne forever. Her motto is still the guiding principle of our company – "Only one quality – the finest."

In 1816, Mme. Clicquot invented the process, called rémuage or riddling, that removes the yeast from the bottle. She used holes cut in her kitchen table to perfect the method of slowly tilting and turning the bottles to gather the spent yeast in the neck of the bottle. Once settled it could be removed by freezing the neck in a brine of salt and water, removing it, and recorking.

The company was taken public in 1963, and merged with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey in 1986. Today, Jacques Peters is the chief winemaker at Veuve Clicquot, and was appointed cellar master in 1985. He has undertaken an ambitious program since this time to upgrade the grape sources, improve the vineyards, and improve the cellars and production facilities.