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For 250 years, Veuve Clicquot champagnes have been enhancing the finest receptions, because they represent a chic and audacious "art de vivre" that the House has been cultivating since its creation.

Creation date: 1772
Chief Executive Officer: Jean-Marc Gallot
Head office: 12, rue du Temple, 51100 Reims - France
Website: www.veuve-clicquot.com

Identity

When he founded his “négoce de vins à l’enseigne Clicquot” wine-making business in 1772, Philippe Clicquot nurtured one ambition: to break new ground. He first conquered Europe, then Russia in 1804, but died suddenly the following year. His 27-year-old widow, Madame Clicquot, courageously took up the management of the family business and carefully noted down her blends in “cellar books”, which are permanent records of her savoir-faire and taste for perfection. Veuve Clicquot has continued innovating for 200 years. In 1810, the House started making the first vintage ever seen in Champagne, then created the first riddling table 6 years later. Madame Clicquot also discovered rosé champagne by blending and in 1836 designed the revolutionary, iconic label. Today, Veuve Clicquot is driven by the same quest for modernity and excellence, and is constantly reinventing itself through new cuvées and daring innovations in terms of how its wines should be served.

Veuve Clicquot Carte Jaune Brut © Veuve Clicquot

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Madame Clicquot was only 27 when she took up the helm of the family business following the death of her husband. Year after year, market after market, innovation after innovation, she built up the history of her House. She weathered many storms and geopolitical situations with just one ambition: always demand "one quality only, the finest"

Portrait of Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin © Veuve Clicquot

Insights

Dominique Demarville, Veuve Clicquot Cellar Master © Veuve Clicquot

“What has defined the wines of Veuve Clicquot since 1772 is not a recipe that is repeated year after year, but a complex alchemy which requires many different ingredients: the vagaries of the weather and the fruit of the harvest, the diversity of Champagne parcels, grape varieties and most importantly, the effect of time.”

Innovation

They have conquered the planet and their tireless search for excellence makes them stand out among all others. History had no choice but to fuse their destinies. In February 2013, Veuve Clicquot and Joël Robuchon chose to combine their savoir-faire, bringing together quality and creativity, the standards of perfection that they have always shared. The subtle flavors of the signature dishes made by the “chef of the century” as voted by his peers, are now enhanced by the finesse of the saffron-colored Veuve Clicquot bottles. From the tasting room at the Hotel du Marc, the House’s private reception room, to Robuchon’s various ateliers and restaurants around the world, French “art de vivre” is revealed through exceptional gastronomic journeys, punctuated by the chef’s creative preparations and the unparalleled elegance of Veuve Clicquot wines.

Joël Robuchon © Veuve Clicquot
Grand Dining Room at the Hotel du Marc © Veuve Clicquot

Outlook

A warm welcome for guests is an established tradition in Champagne and part of its “art de vivre”. The House of Veuve Clicquot never veers from this rule and every year, invites guests from around the world to the Hotel du Marc, a mansion house built on Madame Clicquot’s land in 1840, right in the heart of Reims. With its courtyard and garden, the 19th century building leaves its visitors in awe. Sober and majestic, it represents an unchanging link to the past which has always been focused on the future. This exceptional heritage was entirely renovated at the turn of the 21st century, remaining true to the brand’s characteristic spirit of innovation. Geothermics, a provençal well, solar panels, high performance insulation, renewable energies: the most advanced techniques have been harmoniously integrated into the architecture, making the building one of the very first historical structures in France to be part of a sustainable development approach.

Key figures

  • 243 years age of the House of Veuve Clicquot
  • 515 number of hectares of vineyards the House owns
  • 24 km length of the chalk cellars