After 2008’s beautiful vintage of Pinot Noir, he made the decision to create the brand’s prestige cuvée with the highest level of that fruit – shifting La Grande Dame from a blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay to one that is nearly 100 percent Pinot Noir – a step no other Champagne estate has taken. The 2008 cuvée will be 92 percent Pinot Noir and just 8 percent Chardonnay.
The result is a winning one. After nine years aging in bottle, the wine has a fine but fierce bubble. Its silky, creamy texture has depth, with an acidic freshness and a long finish.