2012 Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame (Yayoi Kusama), 6x750ml

2012 Veuve Clicquot, La Grande Dame (Yayoi Kusama), 6x750ml

90% Pinot Noir
10% Chardonnay
Dosage: 6 g/l

Availability: 4 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £660.00

Critics Score: 96

Publication: Simon Field MW, Decanter

Drinking Dates: 2020-2036

A generous golden colour betrays the dominance of Pinot Noir in the blend; this theme thereafter maintained by aromatics of fig, wild strawberries and Mirabelle plums; behind that, jasmine, red apples and a distant whiff of woodsmoke. Engaging already, in other words. One’s impressions are confirmed and amplified on the palate, with the aspiration voiced by both chef de caves Dominique and Didier, to allow the ‘cooler’ Pinot Noir sites full rein. This is eloquently evidenced by a subtle and deftly textured structure, the primary fruit notes of nectarine and citrus peel underscored by a richer, still somewhat reticent, core, darker and more savoury of intent and oh, so subtle at the moment. I have every confidence that this characteristic will come into its own over the longer term and mark the 2012 as one of the more successful outings for this outstanding cuvée.
La Grande Dame was launched in 1972, Veuve Clicquot's bi-centennial, in tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of Madame Clicquot. 

When François Clicquot, the founder's son, died, in 1805, his 27 year old widow (veuve) took over the reigns. In 1810 Madame Clicquot proved her innovative prowess by creating the first recorded vintage champagne in the region.