Veuve Clicquot Champagne Facts

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Veuve Clicquot is a popular champagne house in France. Learn more about Veuve Clicquot champagne from a wine expert in this free video.

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If you're a wine lover and you like sparkling wine, especially champagne, you probably like Veuve Clicquot. It's a very large house of champagne and they distribute many different wines. All of them beloved, and some of my favorites. But you might not know that Veuve Cliquot is an actual person and is very famous woman in the history of France. Veuve Cliquot's actual name was Barbe Nicole Ponsardin. And she got married to a gentleman name Mr. Cliquot when she was about twenty two years old. They move to the countryside from Paris to start a winery and a house of champagne. They did and they were quite successful. After just a few years of married life though, Sylvia's husband died and she was widowed. Now at this time, this is the 16th, 1700 in France and it was very well expected that the new young widow Cliquot would go back to Paris and live the rest of her life with her family. However, she was quite a renegade and she was not going to do that. So she absolutely went against tradition, and decided to stay, a young widow in the countryside, making champagne. After awhile she became known around town as the widow Cliquot, in other words, Veuve Cliquot. Now she was extremely successful, she was outrageously successful as a matter of fact, so much so that to this day, the French government has an award for a female entrepreneur every year and it's called the Veuve Cliquot Award. So she was very well known for running an extremely successful business, as a woman alone, hundred of years before we ever talk about such things and she also was extremely knowledgeable in the technology in research and development of making wine. And she actually perfected the system of Remuage, which is the system of getting the dead yeast cells in the bottle of champagne out of the bottle, while leaving the wine clear and never having the wine leave the bottle. She actually would sit at her kitchen table and she drawed holes in her kitchen table. And she took the bottle of wine and she put them in the holes in her kitchen table until she found the perfect angle to hold the bottle at to get the dead yeast cells out of the bottle without disturbing the rest of the wine. So for the System of Remuage and the incredibly successful house of champagne, ran by a woman in the 1700, we have a lot to thank Veuve Cliquot.

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