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Veuve Clicquot launches 2008 vintage of Grand Dame Prestige Cuvée

Published:  19 February, 2019

Veuve Clicquot has announced the release of the 2008 vintage of its La Grande Dame Prestige Cuvée.

The 2008 vintage is a blend of 92% Pinot Noir, sourcing grapes from Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Verzy and Verzenay, and 8% Chardonnay from Le-Mesnil-sur-Oger.

The accompanying Grande Dame Rosé blend features 14% Pinot Noir red wine from the Clos Colin in Bouzy. Both cuvées were aged for 10 years and have a dosage of 6g/l.

It is the first Grande Dame expression to be overseen by chef de cave Dominique Demarville, who joined the house in 2009.

"My vision is to bring La Grande Dame towards the finesse and elegance that the Pinot Noir offers us in these grands crus,” Demarville said.

“This is the Veuve Clicquot twist: to combine depth and silkiness with lightness and elegance in this exceptional cuvée."

Veuve Clicquot hailed 2008 as a vintage year for the quality of its grapes, with acidity levels similar to other classic vintages such as 1995, 1985 and 1979.

La Grande Dame was first launched for Veuve Clicquot’s bicentennial in 1972 after 10 years’ aging. It is named in honour of the house’s eponymous founder, Madame Clicquot.

La Grande Dame 2008 has an RRP of £127, while La Grande Dame Rosé 2008 will retail at £254. Both are available through Moët Hennessy UK.