Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rose 2004 750ml


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The coloour is a luminescent, coppery pink sparkling with amber highlights. The plentiful fine, light bubbles describe graceful, indolent arabesques. The first nose reveals a solid mineral structure, noble fruit (white peach, red currant, raspberry, blueberry) and remarkable intensity. Swirlilng the wine, the bouquet becomes more luxurious and voluptuous with notes of brioche, nougat, cinnamon and cherry. In the mouth, the wine is substantial and full-bodied. The texture is crisp and silky. The minerality of the chalk resonates brilliantly with the meaty structure and amplifies the length of the finish. The red wine from Bouzy (Clos Colin plot) adds a majestic foundation and the potential for ageing for the next generation. The finish is fresh and generous, giving a glimpse of the discreet liqueuring, which does not upset the wine’s natural balance. Accolades WE 93 This has a toasty edge that complements the ripe red fruit and attactive lemon and yeast character. It seems to be well on its way to maturity, retaining a fruity style while its flavors are beginning to dig deeper. -Wine Enthusiast, 93 Points GC 98 A golden pink colour. A characteristic nose for a rose which is up there with the very best, those whose embrace is far from syrupy, though it seduces with a profusion of fruity flavors (stone fruit, including medlar, peach, cherry). Onthe other hand, this wine is so dense that it almost seems closed in on itself, and takes time to reveal its mineral base. This explains the impression on tasting: initially the sine seems inexpressive, but from the first mouthful it opens like an estuary, first full-bodied, then very fruity, and fially mineral, all with a thread of acidity. The finih reveals an almost infinite note of mountain salt, despite a persistan fruity roundness which clings to the palate with a certain stubbornness. Grandi Champagne 2012, 98 Points

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