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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008

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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008

The freshness and structure of a fine vintage champagne by Veuve Clicquot

The producer

Veuve Clicquot (pronounciation: Vuhv Klee-ko) is today recognized as a globally successful brand, with a fascinating history revolving around one woman: Madame Clicquot. It was in 1798 that François Clicquot married the daughter of Baron Nicolas Ponsardin. Son of the founder of the Maison de Champagne Clicquot, he passed on all his passion to his wife, teaching her the many secrets of champagne-making. When her husband died prematurely, at the age of 27, the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin took over the reins of Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Guided by an innate sense of innovation and a perpetual quest for perfection, she was responsible for the invention of the riddling table and was the first in the region to market a blended rosé champagne. The flagship of the Champagne House remains the Veuve Clicquot Brut, though the portfolio now also includes the Veuve Clicquot Rose and La Grande Dame cuvées.

The vineyard

Owner of 390 hectares, Maison Veuve Clicquot owns one of the largest vineyards in Champagne. This vineyard also stands out for its exceptional quality, as it is spread over 12 of the 17 Grands Crus and 20 of the 44 Premiers Crus of Champagne.

The wine

First released in 1972 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Champagne House, “La Grande Dame” pays homage to Madame Clicquot. A pioneer and visionary, Madame Clicquot was at the time nicknamed "La Grande Dame de la Champagne". This exceptional and rare vintage champagne is characterized by its freshness, its silky mouthfeel, its elegance and its minerality. The 2008 vintage of La Grande Dame is particularly well known for the predominance of Pinot Noir in its blend, giving the wine a vinous structure and power.

The vintage

An exceptional year, 2008 is in line with the greatest vintages of Maison Veuve Clicquot. Similar to the extraordinary 1995, 1985 and 1979 vintages in its remarkable acidity, 2008 stood out for the exceptional quality of the grapes.

The blend

The 2008 vintage of La Grande Dame Champagne by Veuve Clicquot is made from a blend of six of the house's historic Grand Cru plots. The blend is dominated by Pinot Noir (92%) from the vintages of Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzy and Verzenay as well as Chardonnay (8%) from Mesnil-sur-Oger. Vinification and aging A prestigious Champagne, the 2008 La Grande Dame cuvée from Veuve Clicquot benefits from 10 years of aging in the house's century-old cellars.

Vinification and aging

A prestigious champagne, 2008 La Grande Dame by Veuve Clicquot is aged for 10 years in the house's century-old cellars.

Veuve Clicquot's La Grande Dame 2008: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting


The La Grande Dame 2008 presents a beautiful color in the glass, shimmering with golden reflections.


Airy and delicate, this champagne opens up gradually, revealing notes of gourmet dried fruits such as apricot, almond and fig. Then come notes of white fruits, such as pear, rounded out by subtle toasted notes. Maintaining an exquisite freshness, the bouquet is nicely balanced by its delicious pastry, hazelnut and praline notes.


On the palate, the La Grande Dame 2008 imposes its presence from the very beginning. The silky texture caresses the palate, revealing tasty notes of fresh fruits, combining notes of red fruits and citrus. The great personality of Pinot Noir is expressed with power and freshness. Dosed at 6 g / l, the La Grande Dame 2008 by Veuve Clicquot displays a perfect balance, while also promising an excellent aging potential.

Food & wine pairings

A gourmet champagne, the La Grande Dame 2008 is the ideal pairing with shellfish, seafood, fish or sesame chicken.

The service

To fully appreciate the potential of this rare champagne, it is advisable to serve it at a temperature between 10 and 12 ° C.

The cellaring

Boasting a great cellaring potential, the La Grande Dame 2008 by Veuve Clicquot will age beautifully from now through 2030 and beyond.

Wine critic
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008
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J. Suckling
Wine Advocate-Parker :
The 2008 La Grande Dame offers up subtle aromas of honeycomb, crisp orchard fruit and brioche, followed by a medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy palate, with a frothy mousse, ripe acids and little in the way of concentration, concluding with a somewhat fleeting finish. The overall impression is disappointingly anonymous, especially in the context of the vintage and the track record of this generally dependable cuvée. This example was disgorged in May 2017. Can it really be a representative bottle?