Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut 2006 Champagne

FRS00063A

La Grande Dame 2006 is an exclusive blend of our eight classic Grands Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir (53%); Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay (47%).

TASTING NOTES

ROBE

Shiny with golden highlights, shimmery, very thin bubbles.

AROMAS

Mineral and floral, fresh fruits, toasted notes. Light gold color. Complex nose, revealing turn of stone fruit fragrances, dried fruits, pastry discreet touch, gingerbread, mocha. The mouth marries vinosity precision and freshness. Nice length. Opulent vintage, a great Grande Dame.

APPETIZERS

Smoked, cured products, shellfish (lobster, oysters), fish (Saint Pierre, sea bass) starters, monkfish, scallop, dry cheese (goat cheese), crystallised citrus fruits.

 

The grape harvest of 2006

The winter was particularly cold and long. The spring was mixed, but with good conditions for budding.  The flowers opened in late June, in what was unseasonally hot weather. The summer was chaotic, with an August worthy of late autumn.  Fortunately, the vines were able to draw on their reserves, to produce an abundant yield of superb quality.

Therefore, between 14 and 29 September, we harvested a very fine crop of grapes. At the very end of picking, Botrytis struck, though it had no impact on the quality of the harvest. An effective sorting operation was carried out. 

The Pinot Noir wines are fruity and full-bodied; the Chardonnay wines are of considerable distinction.



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