La Grande Dame of Champagne

I had a night full of champagne! This was the only thing left on my table! A pretty interesting tiny object with the image of this old lady with a great history:
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François Clicquot, married Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin in 1798. Upon his death (1805) his widow (veuve in French) became the driving force behind the prestige of this Champagne Brand.
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In 1810 the brand was renamed Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.
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In 1816 Madame Clicquot Ponsardin invented the riddling table to obtain clarified champagne of unrivalled quality.
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During her life Madame Clicquot made strides in establishing her wine in royal courts throughout Europe.
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It holds a royal warrant of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
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It has been said that Madame Clicquot is one of history's very first businesswoman. Inventive, visionary and undoubtely strong, "La Grande Dame of Champagne".
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In July 2008 the oldest unopened bottle of Veuve Clicquot was discovered inside a sideboard in Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland. The 1893 bottle was in mint condition, having been kept in the dark. It is now on display and regarded as priceless.
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1 comments:

January 26, 2009 at 7:17 PM Elena said...

Great Lily, adoro le tue foto, anche lo champagne se per quello...