At 12% alcohol, the 2008 La Grande Dame Brut from Veuve Clicquot scored 19+ Dionysian points from a possible 20. It cost around $165. It has French bread aromas, toast and delicate citrus notes. It fills the mouth with million of very tiny bubbles and finishes with a creamy finish.


La Grande Dame is named after the widow Clicquot who showed the world how to riddle the wines, and then remove the dead yeast, thus producing a clear sparkling wine.

This Champagne is a food wine.  It delivers everything you’d ever want in a sparkling wine. It sleeps on the yeasts for over eight years, and produces a well-rounded mouth feel with a taste that lingers. Save for very special occasions or really good friends.  In Vino Veritas.