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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 28 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerVeuve Clicquot Ponsardin (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut La Grande Dame
UPC Code(s)081753809485, 081753821913, 3049614122965

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2021 (based on 22 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.7 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 92 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Iceman611 on 6/22/2015 12:51:00 PM & rated 94 points: Superb. Better than Dom. Lemon cream pie in bubbly form. One of my best champagne experiences. Wish I could take it vs some 2002 piper vintage but those bottles are impossible to find these days. (859 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 6/15/2015 & rated 93 points: Another Stanley Cup! Green apples and nutty brioche notes. A worthy match on a great night. (972 views)
 Tasted by BornToRhone on 4/24/2015 & rated 92 points: 750ml; PnP; aromas of lemon and toast, flavors of lemon, toast, ocean, limestone minerals; a bit spicy on the end; lingers long, big acidity; hold for another 5-10 years. (1783 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 4/24/2015 & rated 92 points: Up with the youngsters at the start of CT Texas offline, this was the only Tete de cuvee, other than Drappier Grande Senderre, yet the 2 were very opposite in styles. This was warm inviting and young, but toasted biscuits and subtle yellow apple and tropical fruit, show that this has a lot of maturing to do, but so enjoyable now. The acid and structure are there along with tight minerals and mousse. I love LGD, just prefer lots of time to see its full potential. a great champagne, but will be much better down the road. (2104 views)
 Tasted by fscov on 3/4/2015 & rated 95 points: Delicioso. Eleva a outro nível a avaliação do que realmente vem a ser um champagne. (2492 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 1/25/2015 & rated 93 points: WIML93

Tasted non blind.

Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, steady beading. Nose of sea breeze, light notes of kumquat and a hint of spice. Flavors of lime, apple and pear. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold. (3098 views)
 Tasted by Snowryeder on 1/15/2015 & rated 91 points: Very good. Can use more time. Nose of peaches and apples. Good long finish. Strong citrus that may smooth out over time. (2823 views)
 Tasted by Harry Cantrell on 1/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Pale yellow, fine bubbles that lasted throughout the drinking. Nose bready, yeasty, citrus. Taste was smoother-i.e. less acid- than the 2002. Thus approachable now. Citrus and pear in the mouth. Very good. (2398 views)
 Tasted by jmull on 1/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Popped with dinner on NYE. A big boy (or dame, I guess). This has a great mix of citrus and red fruits, plus a ton of bready/yeasty notes. Loads of acidity give it a feeling of great youth and freshness. Feels like it will get better and better with more cellar time. 93-96. (2122 views)
 Tasted by Jbod on 12/31/2014 & rated 96 points: Sensational New Years with friends'
 Tasted by sabrage on 12/24/2014 & rated 93 points: Straw color. Lemon, dried apricot and baked bread nose. Lemon, apple, grapefruit, vanilla and mineral palate. Excellent balance. Long finish. 12.5% ABV. (1482 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 12/15/2014 & rated 93 points: The highly expressive nose showed young peach, pastry dough, hints of white cherry and minerals. On the palate, it was rich yet vibrant with stone fruits and mineral laden stone. It slowly faded to a close yet left my mouth watering. It was absolutely stunning. (2176 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 12/13/2014 & rated 95 points: During a vintage Champagne tasting at a Merchant. This was the winner for me in the category value for money. Awesome nose, subtle and complex, mieralic, nutty, very deep. Fine perlage on the palate, not too bubbly. (1787 views)
 Tasted by budh on 11/27/2014 & rated 92 points: This was better at 55-60 degrees, instead of cooler. Aromas of yeast, yellow apple, lemon, pear. Elegant texture and mousse. Lots of minerality and acidity. Not sure it's worth the money, but a very nice champagne. (1842 views)
 Tasted by TinMan on 11/26/2014 & rated 86 points: This bottle, at least, had too much lemon-orange hard straight-at-you. Does that make sense? Nothing overall of a terrible nature...just not as "fine" as what I was expecting. (1695 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 11/14/2014 & rated 93 points: At a retailer tasting. Last had this at the winery a year ago. Doesn't seem to have moved much in the last year and still needs time. Floral nose. steely character with lemon/lime notes. Still has that youthful vibrancy. 93 points. (1902 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 11/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Knightsbridge Annual Holiday Burgundy/Champagne Tasting and Sale (Northbrook, IL): Tasting, brief note. Big and dense fruit with pronounced toasted brioche character. Powerful with good energy. (1739 views)
 Tasted by danielbleier on 11/8/2014 & rated 94 points: Fantastic champagne - graceful and lean, but filled with hints of lemon, peach, pie crust, and pineapple...not overly heavy with the dough factor. (1703 views)
 Tasted by Argrath on 11/1/2014 & rated 91 points: Full and developed nose. Lovely fruit. Bread, yeast, modelling clay and hints of mushrooms.
Generous, tasty, full palate. Creamy, broad with apple, citrus and marzipan. Slightly high dosage makes its presence felt. But good grip. Not as intense as some of the other champagnes tasted simultaneously. (937 views)
 Tasted by bestdamncab on 10/19/2014 & rated 92 points: K&L Champagne tasting-SF. Nose of yeast, baked apple tart, touch of minerals, more of the same on the palate, good acid, crisp, medium body, elegant, almost rich, needs 2 years to peak, long finish. (1183 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 10/19/2014 & rated 91 points: K&L Champagne Tent Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): Clean nose and palate, slight apple notes on palate, great acidity throughout. Very nice. Fresher lighter style. 91+ (1989 views)
 Tasted by matt182 on 10/13/2014 & rated 93 points: What a great suprise. I'm not a big fan of 2004 vintage for the lack of body of the cuvees that I tasted yet. This has creamy texture with candied orange, white Valrhona and brioche. Just enough acid to balance it. Bubbles are tiny. Long life ahead but will probably not improved that much. (1787 views)
 Tasted by TinMan on 10/11/2014 & rated 94 points: Pale lemon yellow color. Fuller yeast-plus-plus in the nose followed by well-balanced bread, light citrus, subtle red fruit, and even subtler deep earth on the tongue. Holds up to just about any food. Very nice! (1639 views)
 Tasted by slywka7 on 10/10/2014 & rated 93 points: Incredible Wines at Private Wine Dinner at Collyer Catering (Westport, CT): We started off with this and it is just a beautiful Champagne! Very crisp and precise but has that extra body you find in higher quality Champagne. Nose had some nice aromas of toast and almond while the palate revealed more of the same but a tad of ginger. A great way to start off! (1754 views)
 Tasted by jsmadsen on 7/22/2014 & rated 92 points: Dandy champagne, nice acidity, a wee bit toasty, pleasurable but not bewitching. (2671 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (9/23/2013)
(Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame) Light yellow color with steady, stately, tiny bubbles; appealing, yeasty, tart apple, light white truffle nose; tasty, poised, elegant, yeasty, tart apple, mineral, very tart pear palate; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/1/2012)
(Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame) Light yellow color with tiny bubbles; lightly yeasty, tart lemon, baked lemon nose; tasty, appealing, complex and poised, tart lemon, tart pear, mineral palate; long finish  94 points
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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.


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France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.


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