Month: June 2014

LA GRANDE DAME – 1996 and 2004

LA GRANDE DAME – 1996 & 2004
– Candy Champagne

I recently posted a log about La Grande Dame. Not just a blog about champagne, but the legendary and inspiring woman who changed champagne and was an early pioneer for women in leadership all over the world. Click here for a recap about his exceptional woman:

I recently had the privilege to try a 2004 La Grande Dame and a 1996 La Grande Dame (separately, not together). It is really hard to compare a 2004 vintage with a 1996 vintage, so I am going to write about them separately (since I tried them separately). Both were very special and unique in their own amazing and special ways.

2004 – La Grande Dame vintage 2004 is described as “luminous, sparkling gold with amber highlights. The first nose reveals a definite mineral base with noble fruit and remarkable intensity. The bouquet is gourmand and voluptuous with hints of apricot, vanilla, frangipane and jasmine”. Alison Napjus gave it 94 points.

1996 – The Champagne Greek described the 1996 colour as deep golden and the bubbles were still surprisingly effervescent considering the wine was from 1996 after all! The champagne had become more “wine-like” in its complexity with nutty-toasty flavours. He suggested a Truffled Peccorino cheese, which was like cutting through the butteriness with a hot knife. The champagne was too rich not to have a cheese like the Peccorino balance it out.

What a special treat and opportunity. Thank you to Dr. Champagne for the 2004, and to the Champagne Newfie for the 1996. You certainly know how to make this Champagne Addict happy and indulged!

La grande dame 2004

1996 La Grande Dame

la grande dame (box)

La Grande Dame


Champagne Regained

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Attached is a link to a blog from the Daily Sip at Bottlenotes called “Champagne Regained”.

I am so lucky to have experienced one of their three recommended champagne experiences (the Champagne Greek and I visited the chalk cellars at Veuve Clicquot in 2003).

Now we need to go back to Reims, France to experience more breathtaking views of the region’s vineyards and villages at Montagne de Reims, and we need to picnic beside the mystical aquatic gardens of the Forêt d’Orient near the village of Aube.

Sounds like a good plan!

Tasting Dom Perignon from the Various Decades

Tasting Dom Perignon from the Various Decades
– Candy Champagne

Attached is an article from the NY Times about a recent Dom Perignon tasting dinner in NYC. Why didn’t they invite Dr. Champagne and myself? (maybe our invitations got lost in the mail?)

It is a great article about Dom and all the reasons the champagne is so special. Also an interesting read about the various vintages over the years. A great read for a Champagne Addict!

The chef de cave from DP, Richard Geoffroy moderated the tasting. I loved Geoffroy’s comments about the 2004 and 2003 vintages about halfway through the article. His 2004 comments made me think of the amazing 2004 that Dr. Champagne brought me for my birthday tasting (pictures attached!).

I also loved his comments about the 1976 vintage “like a dry Yquem,” Mr. Geoffroy said”. Yquem and Dom all in one sentence – wow!

Thank you to the Champagne Newfie who send me the article!

Enjoy the article:

tasting dom 2004

tasting 2