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1996 Veuve Clicquot - La Grande Dame

FRANCE / CHAMPAGNE /
abv 12.5%
  • 95 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Champagne Blend

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SKU: 60351-1996-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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: November/December 2004
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Deep gold. Almost oxidised nose. I think there would be complaints about this [particular bottle if it were served inflight]. A take-no-prisoners style of wine that would appeal mainly to people who had already convinced themselves they loved this particular brand. Very chunky. Quite an astringent finish. Not enough refreshment value. Though the finish is certainly impressive ? it goes on and on. This may improve with time but not soon enough for BA?s needs.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2017-2018
    Author: nadeausp
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hal
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: sm122097
  • Self | Rating:

    Big and rich. Roasted nuts. Mature and still very enjoyable, but for my taste, do not wait any longer to open.
    Author: Todd W59
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Incredible elegance, powerful acidity, bready undertones. Beautifully champagne. Structure to last.
    Author: Benjamin H550
  • Self | Rating: 2

    low pressure
    Author: will1408
  • Self | Rating: 5

    One of my personal favorite champagnes ever.
    Author: dav
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Still excellent, still a special wine in our house.
    Author: BDLaw
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.

Champagne is the northernmost wine region of France, located 90 miles outside of Paris. Its storied wine reputation dates back to the Middle Ages; a few of the top houses, to which so much of the region's fame is owed, have been producing since the early 1700s. As one of the coolest wine producing regions in the world, Champagne is perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier at the low sugar/high acid levels necessary for sparkling wines. The region's famous chalk soils not only reflect sunlight back to the vines, helping them to ripen, but also impart minerality to the fruit, giving Champagne its characteristic flavor profile. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1174 bottles owned
  • 311 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 92
    (Out of 311 collectors)