Veuve Clicquot, with their almost unrivalled cachet and unmistakable branding, are the epitome of elegance and daring. With over two centuries of champagne-making expertise under their belt, Veuve have forged themselves an enviable reputation, built around the mystique of the rather formidable Widow Clicquot.
The House was originally established in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot. His son and heir, Francis, was being groomed to take over the bright yellow reins when he came down with a fever and died. Up steps his 27-year-old widow, Barbe Nicole Ponsardin, a visionary and a woman of exacting standards, tireless optimism and fiercely stubborn temperament who drove the business to giddying heights and is largely responsible for the huge profile the brand enjoys today.
The flagship non-vintage model, with its distinctive yellow label and high proportion of Pinot Noir, is a triumph of consistency and individual character, the perfect balance of finesse and forcefulness. The whole range, right through to the exquisite prestige cuvée, La Grande Dame, is superb.