1996, Veuve Clicquot, Grande Dame

Champagne, France

(Priced at per bottle)

Score: 95

Drinking Dates: 2005-2025

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 26-Dec-2005

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.