veuve clicquot, la grande dame x yayoi kusama 2008
WINE SPECTATOR
95
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

2008 veuve clicquot, la grande dame x yayoi kusama

Why We're Buying

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame collaborated with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to release this limited-edition Champagne. The artful combination of jasmine, honeysuckle, and dried fruits along with the high price tag makes it a one-of-a-kind collector's item.

Critics Scores

WINE SPECTATOR
95

Wine Spectator

An elegant Champagne, powered by a sculpted frame of acidity and minerality, this wears the refined, lacy mousse and well-meshed flavors of black currant, lemon curd, toast and marzipan like finely tailored clothing. Fresh and lasting, with hints of spice and smoke on the finish.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
93

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Exhibiting aromas of pear, toasted brad, confit citrus and smoke, the 2008 Brut La Grande Dame is full-bodied, rich and textural, with a deep and layered core, ripe but racy acids and a saline finish. A blend dominated by fully 92% Pinot Noir, this is true to the cuvée's rich and muscular style, but the vintage lends it welcome additional cut and precision. It's showing a lot better than the bottles I tasted in the United States last year.

DECANTER
97

Decanter

Now almost blanc de noirs, boasting 92% Pinot Noir and just 8% Chardonnay from 60%-70% estate vineyards. La Grande Dame is one of the most affordable of Champagne’s elite prestige set, and the stunning 2008 vintage was intricately engineered by the masterful Dominique Demarville for the long haul. It unites all of the enduring potential of its thundering grands crus with the tension and energy of this legendary season, colliding high-tensile acidity with deep, fine, powdery chalk minerality, bringing its finish into stark focus.