2004 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne

SKU #1112317 95 points Decanter

 Same fantastic velvety super harmonious style year out and year in. The 2004 is polished, gorgeous and smiling in a ultra-sophisticated way. Extremely intense Chardonnay from Oger is playing most loud for the moment in the symphony. (RJ)  (9/2014)

94 points James Suckling

 I drank this in Antibes, France today with some friends and I was pleasantly surprised. I have been pretty underwhelmed with La Grand Dame recently but the 2004 shows a return to the finesse and balance of the cuvée. A balanced yet dense Champagne with dried apple, pear and hints of bread dough. Very appley and lemony. Pretty strawberry undertones. Full body, bright acidity and a round texture. Refined and flavorful. A little sweeter than some tête de cuvée Champagnes but delicious. One of the more balanced vintages of La Grande Dame.  (6/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a rich and creamy Champagne with a lively mousse, giving it a forward fruit character. Slowly the depth and concentration of the wine come through, with a white fruit flavor and hints of grapefruit and toasty yeast, which all promising good aging. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (9/2012)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A fine and lacy mousse is draped over a firm frame of well-integrated acidity, belying the complexity of this elegant Champagne. A delicately woven tapestry of black currant, piecrust, chalk, spring blossom and lemon zest flavors ends with a lasting note of smoke-tinged minerality. (AN)  (12/2014)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid gold. Heady aromas of orange, white peach and smoky minerals, with a note of buttered toast adding depth. Densely packed citrus and pit fruit flavors show chewy texture and a bright mineral quality that adds vivacity. Rich but lively and precise, finishing very long, with notes of candied fig and toasty lees. (JR)  (12/2013)

91 points John Gilman

 I do not taste the Veuve Clicquot lineup with any regularity, so I was pleased to cross paths with the 2004 Grande Dame at a tasting here in New York in December. I was struck by how leesy this release of Grande Dame is on both the nose and palate at the present time, as the bouquet is a mix of apple, orange peel, dusty minerality, plenty of yeastiness and a gently smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and racy, with a fine core, pinpoint bubbles, snappy acids and a long and well-balanced finish. There is not a whole lot of breed in evidence in this wine today, and though I have little doubt that it will improve with a bit more bottle age, it seems likely to be one of the lesser vintages of Grande Dame. Today, the yeast autolysis notes really get in the way of the wine a bit and I hope this dissipates as the wine ages. It is not bad by any means, but at this level, not bad is probably not really good enough! (Drink between 2013-2030)  (1/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rosé, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. (DS)  (11/2013)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Firm and toasty, this is a powerful vintage of Grande Dame, still youthful in its tart nectarine flavors and potent acidity. It feels balled up in its broad leesiness, needing bottle age to lengthen out.  (12/2015)

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