The history of Champagne and its sparkling wine was, unlike in virtually all other wine-growing regions of Europe, significantly determined and influenced by women. One of the outstanding personalities and protagonists in this respect was certainly the widow Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin.
After the early death of her husband Francois Clicquot, the son of the company founder Philippe Clicquot, who founded the house in 1772, she took over the fate of the house at the age of only 27 and successfully led it to the top of the region. This included traveling across Europe to introduce her Champagne everywhere. Most of her staff came from Germany, and her cellar master of many years, the Swabian Anton von Müller, also invented the riddling process, around 1813, as we know it today.
The ascent to Champagne heights - above all at the royal and princely courts of Europe and up to the Russian tsar's court - is due to her. She was also responsible for the "invention" of vintage Champagne, which celebrated its triumphant premiere in 1819. The first ever rosé Champagne also goes on her account.
There is so much more to tell. The composer Umberto Giordano pays tribute to Veuve Clicquot Champagne in an aria in his opera "Fedora," and the poet Wilhelm Busch formulated: "How sweet and airy the bubble pearls / Of the widow Klicko in the glass."
Today, Veuve Clicquot is one of the most renowned and famous Champagne houses. Connoisseurs and aficionados appreciate the vinous taste, which, in addition to the bubbles, also brings out the quality of the base wines. The classic is and remains the "Yellow Label", in whose assemblage up to 60 base wines can be used. In addition, there is of course also a rosé Champagne, a vintage, certain rarities and at the pinnacle of their production, of course one of the most famous Champagnes ever: the prestige cuvée "La Grande Dame", a tribute to Barbe-Nicole Clicquot and only produced only in the very best years.
Yet notwithstanding such esteemed tradition, the house does not stay still and has fully arrived in the here and now; the website sets standards and there is also a strong commitment to environmental protection. For example, some of the grape residues are used to make packaging.