Today marks our release of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008, the next installation of the world’s finest marque cuvees in this profound vintage. The 2008 vintage could not be more exciting, even in infancy it’s already seen as one of the greatest ever. The release of the leading prestige cuvees has sold out instantly and risen quickly in price. Our release price today of £540 per case of six reflects excellent value on release, which we expect to rise off the back of very strong global demand. The Wine Spectator is the only major critic to have tasted La Grande Dame 2008, awarding it 95 points, though we can expect the coming scores to be the finest in its history. Today’s release offers a discount to the 2004 which trades at £625 per case of six, the 1998 at £660 and the 1996 at £840. The 1990, 1988 and 1985, which the market expects the 2008 to equal or surpass in quality, trade at £1,050. This vintage marks an exciting future for one of the most historic Champagnes in the world.

Veuve Clicquot is of one of the world’s elite Champagnes, their non-vintage Yellow Label marks so many of the world’s grand events, wildly popular and recognisable for its quality and global cachet. However, it is with La Grande Dame that the acme of their quality rests. The name is an homage to Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. She took over her late husband’s business in 1805. Her hard work and vision turned it into one of the world’s leading Estates. She is credited with inventing the rummage (riddling) technique. She is viewed as one of the greatest characters in the history of Champagne, leading her to be known as the La Grande Dame of Champagne. As a result, in 1972, which marked the 200th anniversary of the brand, Veuve Clicquot launched the first vintage, the 1962 of Madame Clicquot.

The 2008 vintage could become legendary, not least because of the excellence of the vintage. However, it also marks an important transformation; the 2004 and 2006 vintages consisted of 61% Pinot Noir, yet the 2008 is made of 92% Pinot Noir. Dominique Demarville took over as Chef de Cave in 2006 and immediately wanted to pay tribute to Madame Clicquot’s love of structure, strength and Pinot Noir. This led to his vision of taking Pinot Noir to a new level in order to display its finesse, elegance and richness.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008 like all the 2008 marques cuvee will undergo massive global demand, we have limited allocations available.

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