Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame from the ‘greatest vintage in living memory’, 2008: Case of six bottles delivered: vintage sold out


We apologise, but this vintage has now sold out and has been replaced by the 2012 vintage. For details call Member Servicews on 020 7399 2960.
Champagne connoisseurs are celebrating the release of what is being hailed the greatest Champagne vintage in living memory, the 2008: and having already snapped up the Dom Perignon 2008 now we are delighted to have a rare Champagne from the vintage—Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée La Grande Dame.
La Grande Dame is an exceptionally rare Champagne—2008 is just the third vintage since La Grande Dame 1998. Having waited nearly four years for a new vintage, the connoisseurs were particularly excited when the House finally announced its arrival. It is of course dedicated to one of the most influential women in Champagne’s history. Madame Clicquot, ‘The Great Lady’, was obsessed with improving the quality of her Champagne and as such, La Grande Dame is a marriage of the best wines.
Only Grand Cru vineyards go into the blend—five Pinot Noir (Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzennay and Verzy) and five Chardonnay (Avize, Le Mesnil, Oger). Madame Clicquot purchased vineyards in these villages when she first began her business for reasons—notably complexity and minerality—that are as important now as they were then.
In London to launch the long awaited new vintage was Chef de Cave Dominique Demarville, for whom 2008 holds particular significance. He officially took over the reins at the end of 2008, hailed by Veuve Clicquot as a vintage year for the quality of its grapes, with acidity levels similar to other classic vintages such as 1995, 1985 and 1979. Demarville notes of the 2008 La Grande Dame, ‘A light, shimmering gold. A vibrant, fresh opening gives way to more rounded aromas of dried figs and apricots, ripe pear and a hint of hazelnuts. A sharp minerality shines through in this vintage, with flavours of citrus and cherry complemented by a silky texture. With a high proportion of pinot noir, it finds a perfect balance between freshness and structure.’
Champagne connoisseur Tom Stevenson is excited by the vintage, awarding 19 (out of 20) and noting: ‘I was seduced by the texture, the long lees aging is obvious adding that layer of joy that gives some yeasty character but brings the richness to the mouthfeel which balances the bright acidity. Very bright fruit, yellow plums, lots of tropical notes like guava and pineapple, very clean and precise. On second taste I get more tangerine, nuts and redcurrants. The ending is long and dominated by a saline finish which brings great freshness to the end. Very good indeed with the hallmark Clicquot style blending perfectly in 2008. 19/20.’
Veuve Clicquot’s suggested perfect food pairings: ‘Start with a light seabass ceviche or fresh raw oysters. Poached chicken served with a sesame dressing and crunchy Asian greens makes an excellent accompaniment.’
Case of six bottles delivered. RRP £762 plus delivery. CCUK Members £629. Includes VAT, duty and free UK mainland delivery.

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