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Moet Hennessy's Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame

Moet Hennessys Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame

Moet Hennessy's Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame

Category - Champagne

Available - From this month

Location - UK, in selected on- and off-trade outlets

Price - See below

Moet Hennessy has released the 2006 vintage of its La Grande Dame extension of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne brand in the UK. The expression, which will retail in the country at GBP120 (US$), is joined by a Rosé, with an SRP of GBP225.00.

It is a blend of 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay, while the rosé is a blend of 85% white still wine (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay) and 15% Bouzy Rouge.

La Grande Dame is named after Barbe Ponsardin, who married the Champagne house owner François Clicquot in 1798, and who became a widow – which is 'veuve' in French - at 27.

Earlier this month, Moet Hennessy posted a marked rise in sales during the three months to the end of September.

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The House of Veuve Clicquot today launched the most recent vintage of its prestige cuvée, La Grande Dame 2006, hosted by Chef de Cave, Dominique Demarville at a tutored tasting in London.
 
The finest expression of the Veuve Clicquot style, La Grande Dame is named after Barbe Ponsardin, who married the Champagne house owner, François Clicquot in 1798 and who became a widow (a veuve in French) at only 27. Such was her skill as a champagne maker and success as a business woman, Madame La Veuve Clicquot was known by her peers as “La Grande Dame de la Champagne.”
 
Grapes for La Grande Dame come exclusively from the house’s eight classic Grands Crus vineyards: Aÿ in the Grande Vallée de la Marne and Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay in the Montagne de Reims for the Pinot Noir, Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs for the Chardonnay.

The 2006 blend is 53% Pinot Noir and 47% Chardonnay. The vintage produced superb quality grapes in Champagne and was a textbook year for the importance of terroir. As Dominique Demarville explained, “Winter was particularly cold and long, spring was mixed, but we had good weather for budding.  The weather in late June during flowering was unseasonably hot and then summer was chaotic – conditions in August were more akin to those in late autumn. Fortunately, the mature vines were able to draw on their reserves in the chalky soil and produced an abundant yield of superb quality. From 14th to 29th September, we picked fruity, full, ripe Pinot Noir and very typical, fresh, intense Chardonnay, with lots of breed and elegance.”
 
During his tutored tasting, Dominique Demarville stressed not only the long lees-ageing – the cuvée was only disgorged in January 2014 – but also the extended post-disgorgement period, which he said, had ‘enhanced the wine’s natural balance’.

“The Grande Dame 2006 is a wonderful combination of freshness and voluptuousness. The nose is at first floral, fruity and then toasty, but very soon we have richer aromas of brioche, nougat, ginger and preserved lemon. The palate is fleshy and full but the texture is crisp and silky. The minerality of the chalk cuts through to balance the fleshy structure and contributes to the length of finish. Ageing has just enriched the balance that we saw at the harvest and during vinification. This vintage of La Grande dame will give pleasure until at least 2025,” he said.
 
Also launched today was La Grande Dame Rosé 2006, which is a blend of 85% white still wine (60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay) and 15% Bouzy Rouge. Once again the basic blend comprises grapes from Veuve Cliquot's 8 Grand Crus: Aÿ Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy for the Pinot Noir and Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay . All of the Pinot Noir grapes for the red Bouzy come from Clos Colin, one of the house’s best plots, in the heart of Grand Cru, Bouzy. Dominique Demarville descried the cuvée as “complex, full, rich and structured with the same balancing freshness as the Grande Dame 2006. “The tannins are already very well integrated and can be expected to blend in still further over the coming years,” he said.
 
RSP La Grande Dame 2006: £120.00.
RSP La Grande Dame Rosé 2006: £225.00
Currently available through: Jeroboams, Hedonism, Selfridges and the following UK merchants: Farr Vintners, Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare, Vanquish
Current on-trade listings: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon; Claridge’s

Original source: Company Release


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