In many respects, the House of Veuve Clicquot seems similar to many other Champagne houses. They produce fine Champagne, as do others, and their land is situated on a premium spot considered to be ideal for our much beloved drink.
Yet here is where the similarities stop...for a closer inspection tells of a very different Champagne House. It begins, of course, with the brand's history...
Barbe-Nicole Clicquot – originally named Ponsardin – was the very first woman in the history of Champagne-making to decide the direction of a House. An astute businesswoman who was just 27 when her husband perished, she was left with a legacy which could so easily have proven overwhelming. At the time of her husband's death, the House was reputed to produce 100,000 bottles every single year, and now here she was, with the fate of the brand in her hands – a fate which had been 33 years in the making, no less.