Veuve Clicquot - Madame Clicquot
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MADAME CLICQUOT

PORTRAIT

Madame Clicquot was born in Reims in 1777. As the daughter of Baron Nicolas Ponsardin, her social standing allowes her to provides an excellent education, founded upon the traditional morals and values of the time. 

In 1798 she married François Clicquot, son to the founder of the Maison Clicquot. François shared his passion and knowledge for champagne creation and distribution with his young wife. It was because she had spent this time at his side that Madame Clicquot was able to take the reins of the family  house after  the untimely death of François in 1805.

In an era when women were excluded from the business world, she dared to assume the head of the company, a role she undertook with passion and determination. Madame Clicquot’s character might be summarized with two words: audacious and intelligent.

She would seize each new opportunity that arose, willing to take risks, and as such she was able to expand her business to all four corners of the world. Uncompromising when it came to the quality of her wines, she perfected new techniques of production. She invented the “table de remuage” (riddling table) to clarify champagne, and  innovated the very first blend of rosé champagne. Within just a few years she  made her name into a brand of excellence, a name today renowned throughout the world. Even then, her peers recognized her formidable contributions, and referred to her as the “Grande Dame of Champagne.

HOUSE OF VEUVE CLICQUOT MOTTO ONE QUALITY, THE FINEST

Champagne is a wine of legend. The entire history of the Veuve Clicquot House is marked by mythical wines, all of which respect the demand for quality that was the force that drove Madame Clicquot. True to this heritage, the House is proud of its motto: "Only one quality, the finest". A short lineage of just 10 Cellar Masters has led this quest for quality, thereby ensuring the continuity of the Veuve Clicquot style: strength and complexity. Veuve Clicquot priors itself on excellence and quality. Only the juice from the cuvee (the first and most noble pressing) is used.

THE SIGNS OF THE HOUSE

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WE ARE CLICQUOT

Episode #10, Fabienne Moreau, Heritage Manager
Episode #10, Fabienne Moreau, Heritage Manager

Historian of the House, Fabienne Moreau has an important job preserving the rich heritage of Veuve Clicquot. The House has an exceptional amount of artifacts, properties and archives, and letters written by Madame Clicquot herself, which hold the history and secrets of champagne. These insights have founded the values and the legacy that establishes Veuve Clicquot of today. Discover Fabienne’s story.

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