It was absolutely delightful, to receive an unexpected gift of a Veuve Clicquot the other day…one of my favorite champagnes, so good for easy drinking!
What doubled the pleasure was to see it packaged in its own yellowy-orange ‘Cooler Jacket’, for insulation after chilling! Just check out this bright, joy-inducing picture :), leading to a bit of confusion as to which special flutes to bring out to drink it! *SIGH* – life would be so easy if these kinds of decisions were the only ones we had to make ! I’m sure everyone here agrees! This champagne is considered an iconoclast* like Veuve Cliquot herself, who took over her husband’s domaine after his passing in 1805.
To me, champagne screams one thing: C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-NNNN!!! 🙂
This wine is a product of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, a French champagne house based in Reims, specializing in premium products. Here’s its brief history: In 1772, Philippe Clicquot-Muiron established the original enterprise. His son François Clicquot, married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798 and died in 1805, leaving his widow (‘veuve’ in French), in control of a company involved in banking, wool trading, and champagne production. Under Madame Clicquot (here in the picture on the right, with a niece of hers), the firm focused entirely on the production of champagne, to great success and Madame Clicquot succeeded in establishing her wine in many royal courts, especially that of Imperial Russia. By the time she died in 1866, Veuve Clicquot had become a highly respected Champagne House. This wine holds the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. In 1987, the Veuve Cliquot company was taken over by the Louis Vuitton Möet Hennessy Group.
This champagne is a perfect example of harmony between delicacy and power. It is loved for its crisp, full flavors, and consistent quality. Traditionally, the proportion of each grape variety used is 50 to 55% Pinot Noir, 15 to 20% Pinot Meunier, and 28 to 33% Chardonnay. These figures vary slightly from year to year according to conditions. The Pinot Noir gives it the firm structure, Pinot Meunier the roundedness, and the Chardonnay gives it the elegance and finesse needed for perfect balance. It has a complex and intense nose of apple, citrus and caramel, and a fine persistent sparkle of the bubbles. This champagne is excellent as an aperitif, with food or even dessert.
Without further ado, choose the flute and — SANTÉ :)! But my bottle is going to wait for the friends who sent it to me to return from their travels, so we can drink it together…good friends are a true blessing! 🙂
*An iconoclast is a person who destroys or overthrows traditional or popular ideas or institutions