This is our Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 review.
This is a very special vintage Champagne released only for 5 years so far 1990, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2012.
If you are after a unique and exceptional bottle of Champagne, go for this one. It regularly scores over 95+ points by famous wine critics.
It offers layers of complexity, aromas, and flavors that bring this Champagne to another level.
Find below our Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity, and where you can buy it.
Our Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 Review
Veuve Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 review: What's its color?
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 review wine has a bright lemon color with persistent and tiny perlage.
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What Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 taste like?
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On the nose, intense yet delicate aromas of ripe pears, dried apricots, figs, almonds, and toasted hazelnut notes.
On the palate, it’s a crisp, bubbly, and refreshing wine with flavors of cherry, blackcurrant, citrus, toast, and a mineral and spicey finish.
Is Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 wine sweet?
No, it’s not sweet. Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 wine is a brut wine.
Brut wine contains less than 12 g/L.
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Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 review: Which food pairs well with it?
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 is a complex, elegant, and bubbly Champagne.
Bubbles cleanse the palate and as such sparkling wines are very versatile wines that can pair with many dishes and can be used throughout a meal.
Classic appetizers are seafood risotto or pasta, salty olives, French fries, and salads to name some.
Meat wise go for turkey, chicken with sesame, and veal for example.
For fish, we recommend oyster, caviar, scallops, lobster, sashimi, and fish tartare.
If you are a cheese lover you should try it with cream cheese like Camembert and Brie to name some.
And yes, in case you wonder, it goes well with dessert too like macaroons, chocolate, Paris-Brest, and Saint-Honoré for example.
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 review: What's its alcohol content?
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 wine’s alcohol content is 12.5%.
In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.
There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.
During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.
Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.
How many calories are in a glass of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut Champagne 2008 wine?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture  a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.
Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.
Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.
A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per gram vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per gram of carbs, which include sugar.
What is Veuve Clicquot?
Here is an extract from the Veuve Clicquot brand website:
“In an era when women were excluded from the business world, she dared to assume the head of the company, a role she undertook with passion and determination.
Madame Clicquot’s character might be summarized with two words: audacious and intelligent.“
If you are after a unique and exceptional bottle of Champagne to celebrate a special event or just to try something different, we are pretty confident you’ll like this one.
Its high acidity, minerality, perlage, and complexity will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, white meats, cheeses, and dessert.
Try Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008 with seafood pasta, veal, scallops, oyster, Brie, or Paris-Brest and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!
If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for?
Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!