Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2006 in Carousel Box
La Grande Dame Rose is Veuve Clicquot's Prestige Cuvee. It is dedicated to the memory of Madame Clicquot, a pioneer in the early days of Champagne production (La Grande Dame means 'The Great Lady'. La Grande Dame Rose is the Veuve Clicquot House’s rarest wine from Pinot Noir grapes.
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. The red wines of Clos Colin in Bouzy offer a superb balance, with a rich, crisp fleshiness.
On the eye: Intense color with copper glints. Shimmery, very thin bubbles.
On the nose: Saline and mineral. Aromas of red fruits with toasted notes.
On the palate: In the mouth, it is plump and full of substance. The texture is crisp and silky. The tannins are still present, calling for a cuisine with texture to bring out the best in this wine. The finish is long and coats the palate. The tannins are already very well integrated and can be expected to blend in still further over the coming years.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2008 will pair perfectly with lobster, mushrooms, lamb, pasta negra ham, langoustine and sea urchins.