1998 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne

SKU #1040404 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Seemingly a bit livelier than the typical Grande Dame, but still a rich wine based on its Pinot Noir heritage, it combines an admirably strong mousse with plenty of acidity and a dried toffee, nutty overlay of burgeoning complexity. Lovely.  (12/ 2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow with a steady bead. Orange, lemon, apple, smoky minerals and yeast on the nose. Fleshy orchard fruit flavors coat the palate and are energized by dusty minerals and a fresh jasmine quality. An energetic version of this bottling, with good finishing grip and lingering floral qualities. This gained weight with air: I'd hold off on popping the cork for at least another three years.  (12/ 2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A superbly ripe Champagne that has all the open generosity of the 1998 vintage. Peach and apricot aromas are followed by flavors of hazelnuts, honey and spices. Of course, it is still very young, and, like all vintages of La Grande Dame, it will age for many years.  (11/ 2006)

92 points Wine Spectator

 There's plenty of finesse in this sleek Champagne, along with an airy texture and loads of grip. Graphite, lemon, toast and mineral aromas and flavors prevail, and this takes on a chalky edge on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2010 through 2028.  (12/ 2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The house's 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. This focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. La Grand Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir (Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger). This is Lot 510 2572, disgorged between December, 2006 and January, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.  (12/ 2008)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2011  | Send Email
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I featured this wine at our 7th annual "Premium Champagne tasting" last Saturday (12/10) and it was simply great! It has changed a great deal in the last eight months. It has opened up and is showing elements of stone fruits, toasted nuts and a bit of citrus on the finish. It was tasting very elegant at this point and will still cellar for many years to come.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/16/2009  | Send Email
To say that the retail space at the Louis Vuitton store in Union Square is different from the retail space at K&L Redwood City could qualify as one of the understatements of the year — but that is where I tasted this great Champagne. This wine is as different from the packaging-oriented, priced to "create the image of exclusivity" bottles offered by the big houses as the contrast between the stores. It is more than $100 worth of Champagne in the bottle and I can't think of anything from a grand marquee, at any price, that would suit the near term drinking requirements of the Champagne connoisseur better.

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Other White Wines

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France

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