Wine of the Week: 1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut Champagne


REGION: Champagne

VARIETALS: 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay


The 1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut Champagne is the best sparkling wine I've ever tasted. Hands down. (I've come a long way from drinking Andre Brut and thinking that's what all sparkling wines aspired to be.)

We are grateful to have received this Champagne as a generous gift from two awesome friends that we hosted for dinner. It came in a slick gift box (not pictured), which only added to its mystique. We decided to save the bottle for a special occasion.

Valentine's Day this year fell on a Sunday, which meant we (fiancee and I) could celebrate our love all weekend long. The Saturday before was the perfect occasion to pop open our 18-year-old bottle of Champagne.

Needless to say, expectations were high.


The aromatics of this wine are potent and inviting. Your nose will immediately enjoy all sorts of smells including apples, fresh-baked bread, pears and lemons. The Champagne most likely gets its medium body from the Pinot Noir grapes that make up the majority of this blend. The taste is crisp and refreshing, with a healthy dose of minerality. The aftertaste lingers, leaving your palate wanting to sip more. Really great drinking experience from start to finish.

Thoroughly enjoy this Champagne through 2028.


FACT #1: There is about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure in a bottle of Champagne. 

FACT #2: In most of the Champagne region, the soil just below the surface is made up of pure chalk and the remains of seashells from prehistoric oceans.

Want to learn more about the Champagne region of France? I highly recommend you watch A Year in Champagne.