96 Points Tyson Stelzer
The old bird is in fine form, with a sprightly spring in her step thanks to the energy of ultra-fresh acidity and the power of a majority of pinot noir in the blend. Enticing nuances of lemon grass, nashi pear, brioche, cashew, almond and vanilla coast into a finish of purity, restraint and fine minerality. Drink 2011 - 2018.
Source: Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste.
90 Points Robert Parker
The house’s 1998 La Grande Dame reveals notable clarity and precision. This focused, poised wine emerges from the glass with well-articulated flowers, pears, smoke, crisp apples and minerals in a medium-bodied style. The wine appears to have enough freshness and sheer depth to support another decade or so of aging. La Grand Dame represents a significant step up from the estate’s other wines. In 1998 La Grande Dame is 64% Pinot Noir (Ay, Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy) and 36% Chardonnay (Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger). This is Lot 510 2572, disgorged between December, 2006 and January, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
Source: Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) by Antonio Galloni. January, 2008
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