LVMH’s second-largest house, founded in 1772 and famous for the tenacity and innovation of the Widow Clicquot, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin.
Reims; 390+ hectares of estate vineyards, the vast majority Grand and Premier Cru, supplying about 1/5 of the required fruit.
The original idea was to use only vineyards purchased by Madame Clicquot, almost all are Grand Cru. Although always pinot-dominant, after 2008, Grand Dame will always be 90-plus per cent pinot noir to reflect the house’s style. Since its first vintage in 1962, La Grande Dame has always been meticulously raised, including riddling by hand.
Despite being the third-largest landholder in the region, all Veuve’s vines are farmed sustainably; the house works with their growers to help them introduce sustainable practices.
A complex nose of bitter orange, bergamot, clover honey, fresh strawberry, undergrowth, smoky roasted almonds and burnt toast. The palate has a seductive taffeta texture, with moderate acidity and a purifying, bitter finish. Feels buxom but firm.
Try It With
Grilled chicken or beef dishes.
When To Drink
Your art world friend.
The spotted Kusama box with the technicolour blossom is destined to be a collectors' item.
Elegant but vinous and soulful.