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1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame 750ml
1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame
France - Champagne
White / Champagne Blend
1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 117

($160) Deep, highly complex aromas of citrus skin, nutmeg, porcini mushroom, toasted almond and clove. Rich, dry and impressively deep; superconcentrated and oily. A chewy, spicy Champagne that seemed to grow fresher as it opened in the glass. Really explosive on the aftertaste, finishing with a clinging quality and powerful spicy, nutty flavors. A major mouthful of Champagne, at its best at the dinner table. Displays the combination of high ripeness and high acidity of this vintage at its best. This thick, rich, very powerful wine is still a bit youthfully disorganized and will be even better for a few years of additional aging. One of the standouts of my recent tastings.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 162

Tightly-packed with notes of citrus oil, orange rind, white peach, honeysuckle, and brioche, the medium to full-bodied 1996 La Grande Dame Brut should age well for 15-20 years. Crisp, fresh, and backward, it is another brilliant example from the exquisite 1996 vintage.

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Richard Juhlin Author: Richard Juhlin

A surprisingly tranquil, high-octane, elegant La Grande Dame that will probably develop into one of the greatest vintages of this wine ever made. The balance is extraordinary and the wine has a silky appearance, devoid of both sharp edges and an exaggeratedly chocolaty, muscular body. Hints of hazelnut and white chocolate are present, but for the moment handsome fruit and fine mineral notes from Oger and Le Mesnil dominate. A uniquely long aftertaste that should convince doubters that something big is happening here.

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Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson

Subtle aspects of biscuit and walnut accent the whole-grain bread, lemon, honey and coffee flavors in this regal Champagne. Wonderful finesse and harmony underscore the innate power and vinosity. A match for Dover sole or roast chicken.

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Community Reviews


will1408 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 09/06/2012

low pressure


dav Trust Rating: 91 Tasted On: 08/29/2012

One of my personal favorite champagnes ever.


Benjamin H550 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 04/28/2010

Incredible elegance, powerful acidity, bready undertones. Beautifully champagne. Structure to last.


BDLaw Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/01/2010 Site Blog: WiredJC

Still excellent, still a special wine in our house.


sm122097 Trust Rating: 98 Tasted On: 12/23/2008

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