1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame 750ml

France - Champagne/ White / Champagne Blend
1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame
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International Wine Cellar | 95(+?)

($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.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 117

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Richard Juhlin | 92

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.

Author: Richard Juhlin


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Score: 70
Author: will1408
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/06/2012
low pressure
Score: 100
Author: dav
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 08/29/2012
One of my personal favorite champagnes ever.
Score: 96
Author: Benjamin H550
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 04/28/2010
Incredible elegance, powerful acidity, bready undertones. Beautifully champagne. Structure to last.
Score: 95
Author: BDLaw
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/01/2010
Site Blog: WiredJC Still excellent, still a special wine in our house.
Score: 96
Author: sm122097
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/23/2008

About This Producer


Upon the early death of her husband, the widow Clicquot took the reins of the family Champagne business, transforming it into one of the world's most recognized brands. Among her many successes, she is attributed with the invention of the riddling table, enabling the mass production of Champagne. Today there are 382 hectares of vineyards farmed by Clicquot, which although widely distributed are predominantly in the Grande Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs, including plots in twelve grand cru sites. This is a considerable estate, but such is the Champagne business that it provides only a quarter of Clicquot's needs, the rest being purchased from growers who are under long-term contract. Much of the fruit harvested is destined for the "Yellow Label" Brut Non-Vintage, the most recognizable wine in the portfolio with its distinctive bright label.

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