Changing the rules, leading the way: Madame Clicquot created the first known blended rosé!
The coppery champagne, the burst of red fruit aromas ... Veuve Clicquot Rosé is a vibrant centerpiece of the Veuve Clicquot champagne range. But did you know that, 200 years ago, Madame Clicquot innovated and completely re-created the rosé champagne of the time?
More than two centuries ago, rosé champagnes were elaborated by coloration with a mixture made from elderberries. But this method of coloration didn’t satisfy Madame Clicquot, a most inspired Cellar Master. She was the woman who once wrote, “Our wines must be attering both on the palate and on the eye.” She had an audacious new vision in which color, taste, and aroma were vital to the quality. So she broke with accepted norms, and re-created the process of making rosé champagne.
Madame Clicquot was very fond of red-wine grape parcels from the Bouzy region of Champagne, and she elaborated her own red wine from the area. Inspiration struck, and in 1818 she decided to blend this with her still white wines. The result was a stronger rosé champagne, with definite character. Her talent in re-creation gave us the first known blended rosé champagne: Veuve Clicquot Rosé!
In 2018 we celebrate blended rosé champagne's 200th anniversary.