*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.