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Bubbling Up

Veuve Clicquot's Grand Dame Rosé debuts just in time for summer sipping.

IN THE PINK
The 2006 Grande Dame Rosé from Veuve Clicquot is still made in accordance with Madame’s preference.

It’s rare enough that storied Champagne producer Veuve Clicquot declares a vintage, making a run of its coveted limited-edition Grande Dame bubbly. Rarer still is the Grande Dame Rosé: The wine comprises 60 percent pinot noir and 40 percent chardonnay from Grand Cru vineyards—with the balance coming from red wine made exclusively from the house’s Clos Colin, in the tiny commune of Bouzy, France. Thus, quantities are restricted to the petite plot’s production. “Adding the red is how Madame Clicquot did it in the 19th century,” says Delphine Laborde, a winemaker for the house, which began producing in 1772. “The widow didn’t like the quality of the rosé she could find.” The newly released 2006 offers intriguing raspberry and black currant notes, with a hint of dried rose petals—and supplies surely won’t last. 2006 Grande Dame Rosé, $295, Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., 1511 W. 38th St., 312.482.9996