2006 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne

SKU #1237745 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée is named after the widow Clicquot, the great lady who built up the house in the early 19th century. This latest incarnation is just showing signs of ripe toasty maturity. It is rich and soft with a high dosage, in the house style, with a full panoply of lime, red apple and apricot. Drink now and until 2022.  (12/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Bright and graceful, this seamlessly knits a subtle streak of smoke-tinged minerality with flavors of almond financier, poached pear, candied kumquat and crème de cassis, focused by vibrant acidity and a refined, creamy mousse. Disgorged January 2014. Drink now through 2030.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale straw. A little smoky and reductive on the nose but when a top-up is poured into the glass it brings out a lovely creamy delicacy, opening to minerally citrus. Very slightly toasty on the palate, with terrific fruit depth and concentration, cool deep citrus flavours, rich and mealy like a good burgundy but then with the Pinot structure and fruit increasing the weight. Full bodied, powerful, and terrific length thanks especially to the freshness, gently honeyed on the finish and elegant overall, irrespective of the power. This vintage includes the lowest proportion of Pinot Noir ever because they wanted to keep the elegance. (17.5/20 points)  (10/2015)

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By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2016 | Send Email
Simply gorgeous. Elegant pear, citrus, honey and cream. Easy, nuanced, delicate Champagne. Well done, M.DeMarville!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2016 | Send Email
The wine is gorgeous, and very understated. Whereas the Veuve Clicquot "yellow label" Brut is all about upfront flavor and fruit, the Grande Dame series is entirely subtle and nuanced. The aromas are quite light, with hints of white flowers and fine, flaky pie crust, the fruit, though from the ripe year of 2006 is restrained, but pretty, and the structure has tons of integrity. I am very much impressed with the way this wine is drinking now, and believe it will only improve with age.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
A big surprise! Much more minerality than expected. Cream, golden apples, smoke and almonds on the nose. Big, toasty and mouth filling, though not as big as many other 2006 vintage champagnes. Fleshy mid-palate with golden fruit and dark cherries. Very clean finish. The Chardonnay dominates on the nose, while the Pinot Noir dominates on the palate. More geared toward brightness than the past few vintages.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the most elegant, subtle, and delicate bottles in our Champagne section. Crafted entirely from Grand Cru vineyards, this great Champagne could not be further from the mass market style. It is a jewel for the jaded palate, and I can't get enough of its laid back, creamy, detailed style. I had this most recently with a warm Napa Cabbage salad, and it worked perfectly, cooling and refreshing my palate after every savory, bacon loaded bite. It is composed of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay and has class and length to spare!
Drink from 2016 to 2036

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Other White Wines

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France

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