The basic blend is made up of 64% Pinot Noir chosen from Grand Crus in Ay in the Grande Vallée de la Marne area, and Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay and Bouzy in the Montagne de Reims area. The blend also includes 36% Chardonnay from three Grand Crus only: Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger all in the Côte des Blancs.
La Grande Dame is golden in colour with light green accents, fine, light bubbles. Initially the nose is rich and intense, evoking fresh fruit (apricots, peaches from the vine, citrus fruits) and dried fruits (hazelnuts, marzipan). After aeration, the nose opens up to reveal lightly toasted and mineral notes as well as aromas of mild spices and brioche. On the palate the aromatic complexity of this champagne dominates. The balance between the strength of Pinot Noir and the elegance of Chardonnay grapes has rarely achieved such perfect harmony. The wine is round and generous on the palate, with a delicate and silky texture and a dynamic, sparkling final edge. The finish is quite remarkable, seemingly never-ending. This is a wine which constantly evolves once it is opened, revealing a gracious, pure structure, and a promise that it will mature magnificiently over time. Already a dazzling choice of aperitif for a special occasion, over the years it will gradually reveal a more assertive personality that will accompany the most refined dishes to perfection.