When he founded his “wine merchant business under the label Clicquot” in 1772, Philippe Clicquot had a clear ambition: cross all borders.
He conquered Europe and then Russia in 1780, followed by the United States in 1782. He was joined at the head of the House in 1798 by his son, François Clicquot, who had recently married Barbe Ponsardin. Seven years later, following the untimely death of François Clicquot, his young widow, just 27 years old, took over the family business. Within just a few decades, Madame Clicquot was shipping wine to every continent. She perfected production techniques, invented the riddling table and innovated with the first blended rosé champagne. Faithful to the values of creativity and innovation passed on by Madame Clicquot, the Maison marked its bottles with its first yellow label in 1877, making the brand distinctive and instantly recognizable.
Veuve Clicquot continues to be inspired by this same quest for modernity and excellence, constantly reinventing itself with new cuvées and bold innovations to enhance the enjoyment of its wines.
At the age of just 27, Barbe Clicquot took over as the head of the family business following the untimely death of her husband François Clicquot, the son of the founder. She thus became one of the first business women of modern times. Tirelessly conquering new markets and innovating, she made her name a label of excellence recognized the world over.
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.
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.
- 246 years. age of the House of Veuve Clicquot
- 515 number of hectares of vineyards the House owns
- 24 km length of the chalk cellars