Celebrate! La Grande Dame Champagne

by Stephanie Davis
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There was a deal I couldn’t pass up on a champagne that never fails. I bought 6 bottles and placed them in my basement wine cellar. It’s only been 2 weeks since they arrived and I can’t wait any longer. After all, I survived Thanksgiving and feel justified opening one of these 2006 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Blanc because it’s my 40th birthday tomorrow.

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Instead of packing for my birthday trip to Chicago or getting a desperately needed pedicure, I gave in to my compulsiveness and welcomed the celebration of bubbles. La Grande Dame Blanc aroused my senses and deepened my breath. She tickled my nose with aromas of toast, hazelnuts, melty Comte cheese, and juicy pears. Texturally, the bubbles danced and massaged the sides of my tongue. What more would you want in a Champagne – a long finish? Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame Blanc has that too.

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Because this is a luxury Champagne and is Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvee, it has a higher price tag.  I paid $109.99 for my bottle of the 2006 vintage from WTSO.com and the suggested retail price is $135 or higher, depending on your market. Any vintage of this extraordinary Champagne will bring magic and merriment to your next holiday, birthday, or Wednesday afternoon.

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What’s even more wonderful is that you can indulge beyond Veuve Clicquot’s famous yellow label and read the story about the fascinating woman and trailblazer, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. The book “The Widow Clicquot – The Story of a Champagne Empire and The Woman Who Ruled It” written by Tilar J. Mazzeo makes a perfect wine pairing or gift. Also available on SoundCloud or VeuveClicquot.com is the podcast series The Veuve Clicquot Tales. Listen, learn, and sip your way through flavorful history.

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Before I let you go and get back to these decadent, long-lived bubbles, capable for aging many more years, I am compelled to tell you that your choice of wine glass is completely up to you. So pick your poison. Choose your own adventure. If you like the flute, use it. If you have affection for the coupe, go for it. In conclusion, I determine my wine glass for drinking Champagne by my mood. 

Cheers & Happy Holidays! You survived 2018!



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