Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Let's learn about the classic yellow label we see everywhere, Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
From the beginning of the major champagne brand in 1772 to the present, Veuve Clicquot has made quite the name for itself. The popular yellow label catches your eye and the champagne livens up your taste buds.
Let's learn about the beginning of Veuve Clicquot, the vineyards that make the spectacular cchampagne, the classic yellow label, and make some delicious Spritz cocktails that are refreshing and tasty!
The History Behind Veuve Clicquot
It all started with Philippe Clicquot in 1772. Having already owned vineyards, he decided to dive into the wine-making industry. And viola, Maison Clicquot was established.
Although Philippe Clicquot may have started this endeavor, its Madame Clicquot who really shines while telling the story of, what would become, Veuve Clicquot, also known as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. The name was fitting for Madame Clicquot because Veuve Clicquot translates to "Widow Clicquot".
In 1805, Madame Clicquot takes over the business after her husband François Clicquot, Philippe's son, dies. She dominates the whole idea of being a businesswoman, which is especially rare in the early 1800s.
Veuve Clicquot's first vintage champagne comes out 5 years later in 1810. This was the first vintage wine ever. In many ways, the Veuve Clicquot brand paved the way for the champagnes to come. By 1816, Madame Clicquot becomes known as the La Grande Dame of champagne. Veuve Clicquot Rose enters the game in 1818.
After the Madame Clicquot died in 1866, Veuve Clicquot continued to flourish, so much so, that hundreds of years later, Veuve Clicquot remains a best-selling champagne year after year.
As of 1986, Louis Vuitton owns Veuve Clicquot and it continues to thrive under it's new management.
The Veuve Clicquot Champagne-Making Process
The Veuve Clicquot brand requires a big team to follow through with their champagne making process. It takes more than a thousand people in order for Veuve Clicquot to run like a well oiled machine. The grape harvest team is the largest team. People are needed to pick, transport, and press the grapes.
Each grape is observed to make sure it's achieved a healthy maturation. If not, it's sorted out of the group. Then grapes are moved to the pressing station. After being pressed, we move on to fermentation. The process calls for not one but two rounds of fermentation. After fermenting, a step of tasting happens to ensure quality control.
After everything is checked for quality, we move on to blending. The blending team sifts through decades of reserve wine to find the flavors they're looking for. It's a meticulous process that's worth it in the end.
Then, it's bubble time. Once the bubbles are adding to the bottles, we move into maturation where the bottles sit for anywhere from 30 months to 7 years depending on the bottle. All the non-vintage bottles mature for at least 30 months while La Grande Dame bottles mature for at least 7 years.
The final steps include riddling, disgorgement, dosing, and finally, labelling.
Then, you have yourself a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne.
The Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
Veuve Clicquot's infamous yellow label catches the eye, but it represents so much more than that. The yellow label reflects the bright, bubbly nature of the champagne inside the bottle. It catches your eye the same way the bubbly entices your taste buds. It represents quality and impressive wine-making skills. It captures the style of the brand with its bright yellow label.
The Veuve Clicquot brand's style screams of class and elegance. Catch the bottle all over the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Because what's better than watching polo, wearing a fancy outfit, and sipping on some Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne.
But if you find yourself looking for a rosé, look for the Veuve Clicquot label with a pop of pink. Veuve Clicquot's Rosé Champagne is everything you would want in a rosé. It's mellow but elegant.
Veuve Clicquot Vineyards
Veuve Clicquot champagnes come from the only place they can come from, Champagne, of course. Champagne is in Northeast France and the only location that produces the worlds champagne.
Champagne's cool climate, consistent rainfall, and limited sun exposure allows the vines to create fresh grapes. It's all in the enviornment. Veuve Clicquot's vineyard, otherwise known as Maison of Veuve Clicquot is spectacular, sitting on 390 hectares of land.
The vines at the Veuve Clicquot vineyard are chosen with extreme care and inspection. The vines are a blend of three different varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier. The vines require a lot of attention in order to properly thrive. The Veuve Clicquot does a great job of tending to the vines in order to create the best tasting champagne.
Delicious Veuve Clicquot Cocktails You Have To Try
Let's just dive right in. Here are two awesome Spritz cocktails that you have to make. Whether you're lounging poolside or wishing it was summertime during a cold winter, these will have you feeling refreshing and pouring seconds.
Let's make some Spritzs'.
Saint Germain Spritz
I couldn't leave you without the recipe to, what is arguably one of the most refreshing cocktails, a Saint Germain. It's not only refreshing, it's delightfully bubbly, subtle, and puts a pep in your step.
We all know champagne is, without a doubt, easily enjoyable chilled on it's own. But if you want to spice things up, make a Saint Germain and your guests will thank you. And the best part is, it's easy. You'll need:
A sprig of mint
A lemon slice
Grab your cocktail glass and fill it with fresh ice. Add your sprig of mint to the bottom of your glass with your Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur and a splash of lemon juice. Muddle until the flavors marry one another.
Once everything is nice and muddled, add your Veuve Clicquot. Finish off with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and some mint leaves and you're all set.
Serve and enjoy!
Because the Saint Germain Spritz is on the mellow side, let's shake things up with some flavor and make an Aperol Spritz to transport you to the south of Italy. Here's what you'll need:
2 oz Aperol Aperitivo
Club Soda or Sparkling Water
An Aperol Spritz is commonly served in a wine glass so get your wine glass out.
If you have fancy sphere-shaped ice, here's you time to use it. Add your ice to your wine glass and then your Aperol. Then, add your Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Give it a quick stir.
Top off with a splash of club soda or sparkling water. (Or you can add an extra splash of champagne!)
Garnish with a fresh orange slice. Serve and enjoy!