Veuve Clicquot and iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are sending the world a cheerful message with a unique and colorful creation celebrating the House’s new vintage, La Grande Dame 2012. The original creation is Yayoi Kusama’s vibrant tribute to “la grande dame” of Champagne, Madame Clicquot.
La Grande Dame 2012 blend is made mainly from grapes from historical Grands Crus vineyards, among the most prestigious in Champagne. Pinot Noir dominates the blend at 90%, magnified by 10% Chardonnay, with grapes from Aÿ, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy. The 10% Chardonnay comes from the Grands Crus Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Initial notes of white ﬂowers on the nose, such as jasmine, honeysuckle and vine ﬂowers can be felt and then opens with fruitier nuances of apple, pear and peach. A few notes of fresh almond and frangipane complete the bouquet. In the mouth, the cuvée reveals more complex aromas: dried apricot, hazelnuts, honey and sugar candy. Silky textures give the wine its personality, elegance and character. The aging has imparted particular depth and power to the wine.