Veuve Clicquot celebrates 200th anniversary of blended rosé champagne
Wines & Spirits
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With her audacious vision of color, taste and aroma, Madame Clicquot created the first known blended rosé champagne in 1818. In 2018 Veuve Clicquot celebrates the 200th anniversary of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, a perfect expression of traditional savoir-faire.
In 1818 Madame Clicquot decided to blend her own red wine with her still white wines, introducing a new method for making rosé champagne. Once colored by a mixture made from elderberries, rosé champagne is now crafted by blending several wines. Crafted using 50 to 60 different crus, the Veuve Clicquot Brut Carte Jaune cuvée is based on the traditional blend and includes reserve wines. After blending, the wine is bottled and cellared for three years. By creating a new method for rosé champagne, Madame Clicquot ushered in intense flavors and an elegant coppery color.
“At Veuve Clicquot we continue to elaborate our rosé champagne by blending it with red wine, just as Madame Clicquot did when she created the method 200 years ago. This traditional savoir-faire allows us to create rosé cuvées that are precise, and full of intensity and elegance,” says Veuve Clicquot Cellar Master Dominique Demarville.
To fete the bicentennial of this innovation, Veuve Clicquot has created the Veuve Clicquot Anniversary Cake, a coffret containing a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé constructed from “paint cans” that transform into an ice bucket. The Maison is also releasing a new limited edition jeroboam format for Veuve Clicquot Rosé non-vintage, along with a chic black anniversary foil around bottle necks containing a hidden message.
Throughout the year a series of events around the world will celebrate an essential innovation in the history of champagne and a fundamental advance in traditional savoir-faire, paying tribute to the visionary Madame Clicquot, still today a powerful symbol of Champagne and entrepreneurial women.
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