| Wine Advocate 91 points (Nov 2013)
As with the corresponding (and varietally identical) rose, Clicquot’s 2004 Brut La Grande Dame is vivacious and buoyant, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another, savory dimension in a lingering finish, while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years.
Wine Spectator 94 points (Sep 25 2013)
Sleek, with mouthwatering acidity, offering well-meshed flavors of black currant pate de fruit, pastry, candied ginger and almond skin. Drink now through 2025.—A.N.
Very elegant, this is all in the details: precise and silky texture, mouthwatering acidity and a smoky, mineral undertow that enriches flavors of patisserie pear, crystallized honey, kumquat and toasted almond. Offers a clean, citrus-tinged finish. Drink now through 2027.—A.N.