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1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame
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About Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, but it was his daughter-in-law, Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin who would catapult it to greatness. The empire that Madam Clicquot built now includes 360 hectares of vines, including 12 of the 17 Grand Crus in Champagne.

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1996 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame

Producer: Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Style: Sparkling
Grape Type: Champagne Blend
Origin: France
Region: Champagne

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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2004

($160) Deep, highly complex aromas of citrus skin, nutmeg, porcini mushroom, toasted almond and clove. Rich, dry and impressively deep; superconcentrated and oily. A chewy, spicy Champagne that seemed to grow fresher as it opened in the glass. Really explosive on the aftertaste, finishing with a clinging quality and powerful spicy, nutty flavors. A major mouthful of Champagne, at its best at the dinner table. Displays the combination of high ripeness and high acidity of this vintage at its best. This thick, rich, very powerful wine is still a bit youthfully disorganized and will be even better for a few years of additional aging. One of the standouts of my recent tastings.

95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Quite the Lady
by Jadrich12520619
This is one exquisite chanpagne. The softness, the fruit and the minerality blended together for a complex wine taste experience. The finish was so long that you could savor this forever.
by Graeber11971909
Only the most impressive, delightful champagne I've ever had. The almond, bread and mushroom notes on the nose are so enticing, and the flavors of the wine just fill your mouth effortlessly without exploding or overwhelming. I love the minerally structure that holds it all together, and the way the character of the pinot noir comes out as the wine breathes and warms in the glass.
If price were no object...
by BonnieMo
This would still be my all time favorite Champagne
If I could custom-design a taste......
by Walt Donovan
This would be it. One of the best. Lighter, more elegant than Bolly Grande Annee. I would put certain year Jacquesson Degorgement Tardif above it but without 15 years on the lees, the Grande Dame is extraordinary.
Beyond words, but I'll try
by Ripley
To date (early 2005), this is the best champagne I've ever had. Rich, golden color. The taste defies description as toasty or citrusy, but there are hints of each. It is silky smooth, with an incredibly long finish. I wish I'd bought a whole case, not just three bottles!


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