Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" 2008 [1.5 Liter Magnum] (Champagne, France) - [GG 98] [DM 97] [JD 96] [JM 96] [WS 95] [JS 95] [W&S 95]

Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" 2008 [1.5 Liter Magnum]
(Champagne, France) - [GG 98] [DM 97] [JD 96] [JM 96] [WS 95] [JS 95] [W&S 95]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

One of the finest Champagne vintages. La Grande Dame 2008 is elegant, rich and complex. Beautiful mature aromas such as dried fruits, praline, quince paste and truffle open the door to exceptional wines with an aging potential of more than 20 years. La Grande Dame to collect.

To the eye, La Grande Dame 2008 presents a color with bright, golden glints.

The initial nose reveals a strong, aerial and delicate attack. Once opened, the wine has notes of dried fruits (almonds, figs, apricots), ripe white fruits (pears) and finishes on subtle toasted notes of hazelnut and praline. These pastry notes create a perfect balance with the freshness and clarity of the blend.

The attack in the mouth is strong and clean. La Grande Dame 2008 has a silky texture on young fruits, supported by citrus and notes of red fruits (cherry).

The Pinot Noir is extraordinarily distinguished by its freshness, minerality and power. La Grande Dame 2008 is a perfect balance of complexity, structure and power.

These characteristics unite to create an elegant balance of freshness and structure, highlighted by a perfect dosage (6 g/l) that resonates with the potential of this vintage.

Dosage: 6 grams per liter

Ratings & Reviews

98 Points - Gilbert & Gaillard::
Light yellow. Extremely refined, fresh nose opening up to fresh fruit and citrus zest with subtle biscuit undertones. Incredibly mouth-filling palate showing great presence and elegance. Very precise aromas, silky texture and pervasive freshness.

97 Points - Decanter:
Now almost blanc de noirs, boasting 92% Pinot Noir and just 8% Chardonnay from 60%-70% estate vineyards. La Grande Dame is one of the most affordable of Champagne’s elite prestige set, and the stunning 2008 vintage was intricately engineered by the masterful Dominique Demarville for the long haul. It unites all of the enduring potential of its thundering grands crus with the tension and energy of this legendary season, colliding high-tensile acidity with deep, fine, powdery chalk minerality, bringing its finish into stark focus. Drinking Window 2020 - 2048

96 Points - Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy:
92% Pinor Noir: Ambonnay (4%), Aÿ (14%), Bouzy (23%), Verzy (37%), Verzenay (14%), and just 8% of Chardonnay (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger). Dominique Demarville wanted to replicate the classical La Grande Vintages of old by maximising the expression of Pinot Noir (92% in the case of 2008). Biscuity aromas to the fore, with notes of Almond and chocolate. The palate has a firm line of acidity that gives way to stone fruits mid-palate, the aromas turn full circle and close down to a long, chalky minerality on the finish. The long lees aging has enriched the wine with a complex, yeasty richness that feels immediate, but experience tells me to wait for the fruit to build. Should give us long-term potential pleasure. Biscuity aromas to the fore, with notes of Almond and chocolate. The palate has a firm line of acidity that gives way to stone fruits mid-palate, the aromas turn full circle and close down to a long, chalky minerality on the finish. The long lees aging has enriched the wine with a complex, yeasty richness that feels immediate, but experience tells me to wait for the fruit to build. Should give us long-term potential pleasure.

96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
The 2008 Champagne La Grande Dame is forward, with a luxurious perfume of honeysuckle, tropical fruit of papaya, and buttered citrus. The mousse is rounded, with an opulent texture, and it does finish dry, with orange marmalade, ripe melon, and chestnut. Its driving and impressive acidity will make this worthy to cellar and enjoy over the coming 20 years. Disgorged March 2019. (Drink between 2022-2042)

95 Points - Wine Spectator:
An elegant Champagne, powered by a sculpted frame of acidity and minerality, this wears the refined, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toast and marzipan like finely tailored clothing. Fresh and lasting, with hints of spice and smoke on the finish.


95 Points - Wine & Spirits:
This is a sunny and delicious 2008, with brightness infusing the wine, from its platinum color to its mineral intensity, transforming its richness and power into cool elegance. Notes of agave and cassia bark add depth, suggesting the complexity this will develop with further bottle age.