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Veuve Clicquot: The Widow


Famous around the world, the "yellow label," classically styled Veuve Clicquot is heralded, and rightly so, for consistent quality. Crisp and full, the Chardonnay presents grapefruit, apple and minerality while the Pinot Meunier brings brambly berry, all to support the well structured foundation provided by the Pinot Noir. Veuve Clicquot is dry and works as an aperitif or with almost any food you could imagine. Do yourself proud. Serve Veuve Clicquot. Do yourself happy, gift yourself Veuve Clicquot! 

91 PTS WINE SPECTATOR. "There's plenty of finesse in the smooth-textured non-vintage Veuve Clicquot Champagne, whose flavors evoke apricot, peach, vanilla pastry and mineral; racy, with snappy acidity." 

"The Widow Clicquot"

Since its founding in 1772, Clicquot has not only been heralded for its wine but also for the courage and creativity of Madame Clicquot who is regarded as being the first businesswoman of the modern era. 



From Amazon:  "The Widow Clicquot" is the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.

On the back cover: Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. In "The Widow Clicquot," Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life-for the first time-the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barb-Nicle Clicquot Ponsardin, who, after her husband's death defied convention by assuming the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured together. Steering the company through dizzying political and financial reversals, she became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest of her time.  As much a fascinating journey through the process of making temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered woman, "The Widow Clicquot" is the captivating true story of a legend and a visionary.

The author, Tylar J. Mazzeo is a cultural historian and biographer and a passionate student of wine and food culture. an assistant professor at Colby College in Maine, she divides her time between the California wine country and New York.

Reviews: "The story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling." New York Times Book Review. "Light and graceful...An intoxicating business biography." Wall Street Journal.

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PS: About Pinot Meunier from wiki: 


Pinot Meunier is one of the most widely planted grapes in France but it is rather obscure to most wine drinkers and will rarely be seen on a wine label. The grape has been favored by vine growers in northern France due to its ability to bud and ripen more reliably than Pinot noir. The vine's tendency to bud later in the growing seasonand ripen earlier makes it less susceptible to developing coulure which can greatly reduce a prospective crop. For the last couple of centuries, Pinot Meunier has been the most widely planted Champagne grape, accounting for more than 40% of the region's entire plantings. It is most prevalent in the cooler, north facing vineyards of the Vallee de la Marne and in the Aisne department. It is also widely grown in the Aube region in vineyards where Pinot noir and Chardonnay would not fully ripen.

Compared to Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier produces lighter colored wines with slightly higher acid levels but can maintain similar sugar and alcohol levels. As part of a standard champagne blend, Pinot Meunier contributes aromatics and fruity flavors to the wine. Champagnes with a substantial proportion of Pinot Meunier tend not to have as much significant aging potential as champagnes that are composed primarily of Chardonnay or Pinot noir. It is therefore most commonly used for champagnes that are intended to be consumed young, when the soft, plushy fruit of the Pinot Meunier is at its peak. A notable exception is the Champagne house ofKrug which makes liberal use of Pinot Meunier in its long-lived prestige cuvees.

During the 19th century, Pinot Meunier was widely planted throughout northern France, especially in the Paris basin. It was found across the northern half of country from the Loire Valley to Lorraine.[4] Today, Pinot Meunier is found outside of Champagne in dwindling quantities in the Loire Valley regions of Touraine and Orleans as well as the Cotes de Toul and Moselle regions. In these regions Pinot Meunier is used to make light bodied reds and rosés. These wines most often fall into the vin gris style are characterized by their pale pink color and distinctive smokey notes.


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