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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004
(search item no. 119788)
collectible wine
has fluid
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older vintages

Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $149.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 95 points
1998 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1996 The Wine News rating: 98 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Veuve Clicquot's Prestige Cuvée, La Grande Dame, is a very great wine which pays homage to a very "grande dame de la Champagne," Madame Clicquot. The incomparable finesse of this cuvée results from a blend of eight of the House's traditional Grands Crus.

This wine has a fine, complex fragrance, blending sweetness and nobility. It is smooth and silky in the mouth, with considerable substance and structure. A remarkable balance, with a fresh, harmonious finish, and a unique aromatic aftertaste.

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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.