Veuve Clicquot


Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Vintage 1996 |Brut |1996

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Vintage 1996

Brut 1996

$459.90

*Last bottles do not come in a box. 

- Arguably the most famous champagne in the world.

- An iconic cuvée from the exceptional 1996 vintage.

Combining luxury and elegance, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (the Great Dame) is the prestige cuvée of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, named after their founder Madame Clicquot. It is a supremely elegant vintage Champagne produced in extremely limited quantities from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards Madame Clicquot purchased in the early 1800s.

The year 1996 was full of contrasts and the summer changeable, with the wetter periods never quite making up for the earlier hydric deficit. Eventually, in the month before grape-picking (mid-September), it was as much the spells of hot weather as the influence of north-easterly winds that led to the original maturity of the vintage. 

The basic blend is made up of 64% Pinot Noir chosen from Grand Crus in Ay in the Grande Vallée de la Marne area, and Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims area. The blend also includes 36% Chardonnay from three Grand Crus only: Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger all in the Côte des Blancs.

On the nose, notes of apple, pear, brioche and yeast. On the palate, same notes, a full-bodied, mouth filling wine with notes of apple and honey, and a long tasty finish. Drink now to 2025. 

 

Arguably, the most recognisable Champagne brand in the world. The yellow adorned on their labels – looks orange, but is in fact the colour of the great Madame Clicquots’ favourite duck’s yolk. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin (Veuve Clicquot) took over the business in 1805, creating the first vintage champagne in 1810, inventing the first riddling table process in 1816 and making the first rose d'assemblage in 1818. These major breakthroughs as well as her entrepreneurship spirit makes her one of the greatest businesswomen of her century. During the Napoleonic Wars, she played a vital role in establishing her champagne as a favoured drink of high society and nobility, selling her champagne to Imperial Russia.  The company was purchased in 1986 by Louis-Vuitton and continues to expand worldwide, as one of the top-selling champagnes in the world. 

Ideal for a special occasion - wedding anniversary, birthday, promotion, so we'd probably pair it with a refined dinner. Perfect with seafood. 

About the house 

Arguably, the most recognisable Champagne brand in the world. The yellow adorned on their labels – looks orange, but is in fact the colour of the great Madame Clicquots’ favourite duck’s yolk. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin (Veuve Clicquot) took over the business in 1805, creating the first vintage champagne in 1810, inventing the first riddling table process in 1816 and making the first rose d'assemblage in 1818. These major breakthroughs as well as her entrepreneurship spirit makes her one of the greatest businesswomen of her century. During the Napoleonic Wars, she played a vital role in establishing her champagne as a favoured drink of high society and nobility, selling her champagne to Imperial Russia.  The company was purchased in 1986 by Louis-Vuitton and continues to expand worldwide, as one of the top-selling champagnes in the world. 

Food Suggestion

Ideal for a special occasion - wedding anniversary, birthday, promotion, so we'd probably pair it with a refined dinner. Perfect with seafood. 

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Foods


Toasty Brioche Honey Vanilla

Orchard Fruit


Pear