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LA GRANDE DAME- CREATED IN 1962 AND LAUNCHED IN 1972, LA GRANDE DAME IS A TRIBUTE TO MADAME CLICQUOT AND THE CREATIVE AND ELEGANT SOULS WHO FOLLOWED IN HER FOOTSTEPS. A WINE IN THE IMAGE OF THE GRANDE DAME HERSELF. MADAME CLICQUOT USED HER DETERMINATION, INTUITION, AND VISION TO SELECT AND ACQUIRE EXCEPTIONAL PARCELS WITH EXCEPTIONAL GRAPES. THIS CHAMPAGNE IS THE SHOWCASE OF THE HOUSE'S EXCELLENCE. IT IS A PERFECT EXPRESSION OF HER LOVE FOR PINOT NOIR WHICH, SINCE THE 2008 VINTAGE, REPRESENTS ABOUT 90% OF THE BLEND.
Wine Critic Reviews for 2012 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame (Yayoi Kusama Label)
A generous golden colour betrays the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend; this theme thereafter maintained by aromatics of fig, wild strawberries and Mirabelle plums; behind that, jasmine, red apples and a distant whiff of woodsmoke. Engaging already, in other words. One’s impressions are confirmed and amplified on the palate, with the aspiration voiced by both chef de caves Dominique and Didier, to allow the ‘cooler’ Pinot Noir sites full rein. This is eloquently evidenced by a subtle and deftly textured structure, the primary fruit notes of nectarine and citrus peel underscored by a richer, still somewhat reticent, core, darker and more savoury of intent and oh, so subtle at the moment. I have every confidence that this characteristic will come into its own over the longer term and mark the 2012 as one of the more successful outings for this outstanding cuvée. Drinking Window 2020 - 2036.
Decanter | 96 DEC
With a slight preponderance of Pinot Noir in the blend, this wine is rich and impressive. It is still young, with a crisp edge that makes the fruit shine. Apple and citrus flavors are integrated into a mineral vein. Drink from 2022.
Wine Enthusiast | 96 WE
Fine and graceful, this dances across the palate with its bright, well-defined freshness and detailed flavors of Mandarin orange, toast point, crème de cassis and minerally oyster shell. Subtle in its intensity, with all the pieces seamlessly knit into an elegant whole. Disgorged September 2019. Drink now through 2030.
Wine Spectator | 95 WS
Aromas of lime zest, lemon and brioche follow through to a full body with a round, creamy texture, fine bubbles and a delicious finish. Direct and focused 2012. Lots of elegance and energy in this. Drink or hold.
James Suckling | 94 JS
The 2012 La Grande Dame is terrific. In fact, it is one of the finest recent Grande Dames I can remember tasting. Vibrant and tense, the 2012 exudes energy. At this stage, the natural richness of the 2012 vintage is hidden behind the wine's bright, salivating acids. Green apple, pear, mint and white pepper add a brilliant aromatic top register. I would cellar the 2012 for at least a few years, as it is nowhere near ready to drink.
Vinous Media | 93 VM