No champagne, no cost, no celebration in Russia. To give the event a special style, the organizers are buying the brand “Veuve Clicquot” (Veuve Clicquot). The drink is wildly popular for hundreds of years all over the world. The cost of one bottle can reach fabulous sums, but the true connoisseurs of champagne, this does not stop. And wooden boxes with the symbols of the VCP (Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin) sold out at the speed of light.
The company was founded in 1722. However, the history of the brand began a little later, thanks to the efforts of Nicole Barbe (widow of the son of the owner of the company). Before she took the reins into their own hands, it was unremarkable winery, which in France in those days there were hundreds. After the untimely death of a fever, the only son of Mr. Clicquot wanted to sell the company, but the daughter-in-law persuaded him to give control to her. And it is through the efforts of the widow Clicquot the history of the drink continued.
The enterprising widow
Maiden name barb Nicole — Ponsardin. She witnessed the French revolution and the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, which ended the Russo-French war. Despite the difficult historical period, she was able not only to organize the work of decadent enterprise, but also to turn it into a manufacturer with a world name. This contributed to an excellent education, which barb and Nicole got in the walls of the monastery, excellent manners, sense of style and dedication.
Despite the quick loss of her husband, she abandoned all efforts to save the company and began to learn the intricacies of preparation of sparkling wines. In parallel, the widow had mastered bookkeeping, hire a bookkeeper she could not afford. The result of her efforts is the new brand of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, which was first published in 1808.
The conquest of the Russian market
After the defeat of Napoleon’s troops for business Barbe Nicole fell on hard times. Not having to wall up the cellar, she was left without stock of goods. The perpetrators only were Russian officers. It was at this point was born of a prophetic phrase in anger, dropped the owner of the vineyard: “they drink Today, and tomorrow all will pay!”
And so it happened, returning home, the Russian army could not forget the taste of the divine drink. The officers begin to order the Veuve Clicquot champagne, gradually becoming its main buyers. Barb and Nicole for a short time could not only compensate all your losses, but also make good money.
The birthplace of the drink – the champagne region, Reims. For its production is taken, the only certain grape varieties. Moreover, the course is a crop harvested from the vineyards of champagne, the highest quality (called the Premier CRU and Grand CRU). They make up 95% of the beverage.
For the production of champagne Veuve Clicquot uses the following varieties of grapes:
- Pinot noire;
- Pinot meunier;
Stages of production
Production process, launched by the widow, consists of mandatory steps:
- Hand picking and sorting of the harvest. To automate the process owners did not dare due to the fact that grapes need whole, without any damage to the skin.
- Processing of the crop by punching. And for light champagne pressed to produce way with preserving the integrity of the berries. Pink drinks are made with varieties of dark grapes with a slow spin, only in this case, the desired pigments are transferred to the juice.
Note! In the production of champagne “Veuve Clicquot” each grape variety is separately drained. In the luxury drink is only so-called juice “cuvée”. It is the primary grape Marc, not in contact with the skin.
- The prepared wort is poured into oak barrels where the fermentation turns it into a wine – base of the future champagne.
- Blending – blending wines from different grape varieties and aging. In VCP, usually made from a single harvest year.
- Re-fermentation to start which drink is added sugar and yeast and poured into the bottle strength. Is aged at least 5 years under the cap, be sure to down the neck (a personal invention of the widow). Due to this sediment accumulates at the base and it is easier to extract. The result is that the transparency that became the hallmark of the champagne brand’s Clicquot.
- Remuage is a special technique of cleaning from the sediment of champagne, developed with the participation of the widow. Its essence lies in the gradual change of the tilt angle around the axis.
- Disgorging – the collection accumulated in the neck of a muddy clot of pre-frozen bottles. Cooling is produced in the saline at minus 18. After unsealing an ice plug formed by the impurities, she jumps out of the dish.
- The dosage – filling the loss of fluid. As adding, a mixture of wine, brandy and sugar syrup.
- Excerpt champagne at your desired temperature and humidity.
The purification step was time-consuming, and enterprising Madame Clicquot has found a way of partial automation. She proposed to use a special table to shake, which would at the same time for one person to turn up to hundreds of bottles.
Versed in diversity: the types of drink and their tasting properties
Today a world famous brand owns vineyards with a total area of almost 300 hectares. the Annual turnover of 7.4 million bottles. Along with the classic champagne Brut successfully implemented many types of drink. These include the Brut rose, variety “Demisec”, “rich Reserves”, as well as collectible and vintage items.
Сlicquot Veuve Ponsardin Brut Yellow Label
Champagne “Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin” Brut – the first and most exquisite piece of the brand, loved and adored around the world. The drink has a unique fruit flavors of lemon, Apple and grapefruit with light notes of vanilla caramel that gives it a special taste of luxury aperitif. Brut champagne is made from two grape types (Chardonnay and Pinot noire). Sparkling drink is characterized by crystal clear and a mouthwatering Golden color. Thanks to a five-year exposure provided by long-lasting bubbles game.
Сlicquot Veuve La Grande Dame Rose
Second in popularity is the brainchild of the widow Clicquot “Brut rose” buyers tend to choose for a romantic evening. Champagne has a beautiful copper-pink color and a fruity tone. Characterized by initial berry notes (cherry, strawberry and BlackBerry), turn into the finish, characteristic of dried fruit.
For the preparation of Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose used a classic blend of three grape varieties. A standard formulation is added to the drink dry wines (not only white, but also red).
Veuve Clicquot DemiSec
Another sweet version of the masterpiece house of Veuve Clicquot with low strength (only 12 degrees). For its preparation mix the grapes in certain proportions (45%, Noir, 35% Meunier and the remaining 20% Chardonnay). With further aging becomes pronounced notes of praline. Crystal clear and Golden hue, which became the hallmark of the brand, this kind of champagne are also present.
Tasting properties are characterized by the mixing of fresh honey, apricot and creamy with notes of bright Apple and peach train. According to experts, champagne is wound thoughts about Provence and fresh baked goods.
Veuve Clicquot Rich Reserve
This variety of drink has a complex taste palette and a light touch of spicy. The basis of sparkling wine consists of three traditional Clicquot grape varieties, but they all present in different concentrations. The predominant component of Pinot Noir, which accounts for 60%. In second place Chardonnay, its mass fraction of 33%. Pinot Meunier is involved in a minor concentration, but champagne gives light cherry-strawberry finish.
As the classic champagne Madame Clicquot Brut, sort of rich Reserve is fully cleaned of sludge, full of delicate berry shade. In the first moment of tasting initially reveals refreshing notes of black licorice and citrus. Berry aftertaste, with a slight trail of flowers and spices.
Particularly demanding gourmets along with the classic drinks of the brand can purchase vintage champagne Veuve. In sale there are 3 limited edition: “Clicquot in motion”, “Pink” and “Vintage” collection.
Collection in motion
Is a special set designed for true connoisseurs of champagne, leading an active lifestyle. The Foundation series is a classic Brut Yellow Label. The drink comes in termocuple and impact resistant case. They maintain the optimum temperature of the precious fluid even during long distance transport and protect the bottle from damage. Thanks Clicquot on the go has become an attribute of the lovers of nature and Hiking.
Romantic series Veuve Clicquot Rose is positioned as the perfect champagne for lovers. In 2009, Valentine’s day was even released a special edition pink drink in a glass case Ice Dress the same shade as sparkling wine.
In a classic performance as a distinctive attribute pink collection – the special design of the stand. And will have to try to find two versions of the same gift edition (designed more than 500 copies). Stand at the same time plays the role of a lamp and a thermos. She is able to keep the champagne chilled for more than two hours.
Veuve Clicquot is essentially a stocked bar. Contains 12 bottles of selected champagne (La Grande harvest 1988 and 1998) plus wardrobe design for cooling of alcohol, hand-forged from high-strength steel. The collection is released only in 15 instances, mere mortals to get it almost impossible.
A special case of the vintage collection Veuve Clicquot – limited edition Cruise Collection, designed to accommodate luxury yachts. Along with choicest of champagne included in the set of Cutlery, wine glasses, glasses for water and plates.
How to distinguish an original from a fake
Among the nearest competitors “the Widow Clicquot” values fit “moët and Chandon and Dom Perignon.” Each of them has its own fans. However, the market often sells fakes of these famous brands.
The main parameter by which to judge that a bottle of the real thing, how much is the champagne “Veuve Clicquot”. In Russia the price tag of it starts from 4 thousand per unit. There are more expensive copies worth more than 11,000 rubles.
Other distinctive features of the original:
- the presence of a brand logo in the form of an anchor, it must be present for a cardboard box and the bottle;
- yellow label with the brand name (in pink varieties of champagne, this element of corporate identity presented in miniature);
- Reims must be specified as the place of production (plus full name of the manufacturer “House of Veuve ClicquotPonsardin”);
- bottle just cork natural cork, the presence of plastic – a sure sign of forgery;
- champagne is always implemented in proprietary bottles, and the elite variety is additionally placed in cardboard or metal boxes that contain all the mandatory attributes of the brand.
If, after visual inspection of all of these symptoms are discovered, it is safe to buy this champagne.
Veuve Clicquot – one of the few brands that does not lose its credibility in the eyes of connoisseurs of champagne for centuries. Following the tradition of classical technology of production of sparkling wines, producers are able to create a masterpiece in the form of champagne, which has no analogues.
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