2006 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne

SKU #1237745 95 points Decanter

 How does Veuve Clicquot’s cellarmaster Dominique Demarville do it? This high wire Prestige Cuvée act walks the tightrope with such confidence and ease. Unusually for the house, the blend is just 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay but like every great champagne its ‘ying and yang’ are in perfect symmetry. So we have the volume, structure and depth balanced by the cut and thrust of the acidity. On the palate are layers of cream, honey, nuts, brioche, pear, marzipan and ginger. The texture is shimmeringly silky and full. The finish alone deserves an ovation and demands an encore. Bravo. Drinking Window 2016 - 2030. (JS)

94 points James Suckling

 The Grande Dame is looking bright, gently complex and a little spicy in 2006 where the grapefruit citrus is a strong influence on the nose, showing sweet florals, a little honeyed nougat and almond paste. The palate's bright and crisp and really has an air of fleshy depth and refinement. There's also a great warm, toasty finish that displays grilled hazelnuts. Great now through to 2020 and beyond.  (10/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The prestigious 2006 La Grande Dame is made from 47% Chardonnay and 53% Pinot Noir, and assembles the fruit of eight grand cru villages. Very intense and complex on the nose, this is a full-bodied, round, rich and mouth-filling, but also refined prestige cuvée; it reveals a fascinating purity, precision and freshness. The finish is long and complex, and shows a spicy minerality. There are coffee beans, bread and toast aromas in the aftertaste. This comes highly recommended. (SR)  (6/2016)

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. (RV)  (12/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A waft of spring blossom draws you into this elegant Champagne, whose subtle notes of poached quince, toasted brioche and mandarin orange gracefully ride the satiny mousse, supported by a vibrant backbone of acidity. (AN)  (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 53% Pinot Noir, 47% Chardonnay. Dosage 8 g/l, disgorged January 2014. 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 (JH)  (10/2015)

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Staff Image 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!

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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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