La Grande Dame 1998 has a pale
gold colour with jade glints. The
wine is crystal clear, with
unbelievably fine bubbles.
On the first nose, typical
Chardonnay characteristics come to
the fore, with the arrival of floral
and mineral aromas (acacia, ferns,
By agitating the wine, scents of
candied fruit (citrusfruits, apricots,
quince) and sweet almond emerge,
to reappear later in the mouth.
After rotating the wine for a few
minutes more, rare notes such as
peaty malt, tobacco and delicate
herbs, are gradually unveiled.
This aromatic, impressively
complex bouquet is confirmed in
the mouth. On the palate, the wine
is clear-cut and pure, perfectly
balanced with a delightful silky