'wondrously complex' Champagne - Jancis Robinson
There are few things in life better than enjoying mature vintage Champagne, and there are few vintages that better the now legendary 1990. It was one of those rare years where all the French regions excelled. Champagne, much like in 1996 produced wines with density and richness, yet retain acidity and freshness – the perfect balance for longevity. La Grande Dame is typically two thirds Pinot Noir sourced from five grand cru sites: Verzy, Verzenay, Ambonnay, Ay and Bouzy and one third Chardonnay from the grand crus: Avize, Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger. As 1990 was such an intense, rich vintage, the proportion of Chardonnay was increased to 40% to maintain the delicate, floral style the house favours for this cuvee. If you like complex, aged Champagne, then this will delight and thrill your senses.
This is what the critics say.
‘This is shining where the 1995 and 1996 misfired: wondrously complex, yeasty, cakey, luxurious, spicy. Still has a tight structure on the palate, but really cranks up the complexity on the finish. 18/20’. – Jancis Robinson
‘I highly recommend the Veuve Clicquot 1990 La Grande Dame. It is exquisitely rich and accessible, yet bursting with potential. 95/100’. – Robert Parker