La Grande Dame is based on a blend of eight grands crus traditionally used for this wine. The blend is dominated by pinot noir grapes (61%) which come from ay in the vallee de la marne and verzenay, verzy, ambonnay and bouzy in the montage de reims. The chardonnay grapes (39%) come from vineyard plots in avize, oger and mesnil sur oger in the cote des blancs. As with the corresponding and varietally identical rose, with lemon and grapefruit set in entertaining counterpoint to almond paste and vanilla-tinged, tart-edged baked apple. Saline oyster liquor adds another savory dimension in a lingering finish while hints of chamomile and jasmine serve for aromatic allure. This delightful bottling might well achieve genuine profundity over the next two or three years. Sleek with mouth-watering acidity offering well meshed flavors of black currant pate de fruit, pastry, candied ginger and almond skin.