Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Champagne, La Grande Dame, Brut 1998 The nose features an evolving medley of dried fruits and nuttiness. In the mouth it is quite acidic, tasting of oranges and brown spices. The unfortunate thing about this particular bottle is the cork taint blurring the full enjoyment of what I would expect is a very delicious and complex wine.

Previous bottles of La Grande Dame have been most delightful but this one is quite disappointing and reminiscent of last semester’s purchase of Perrier Jouet’s Fleur from the ’99 vintage.Testing at the lab showed 1.4 parts per trillion TCA. We are often told that wines produced at the high end receive the utmost in quality control but the proof of that is not always apparent.

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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2 Responses to Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 1998

  1. Andrew Champagne Miller says:

    Veuve Clicquot La Grand Dame is famous for its very special flavour. The year 1998 is so delicious. The VC La Grande Dame Rosé is also an intersting choice. Any ideas where i can found this one in the www?

  2. Ray says:

    Andrew, you might find it online at D&M Wines and Liquors, a shop with a huge selection of Champagne in San Francisco. Cheers! RJ

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