One of the most delightful experiences of our stay in Reims, France with Veuve Clicquot was the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin House, founded in 1772, and it has been running its engines ever since. The history of Madame Clicquot and the lifetime of her work dedicated to champagne was ingrained into our minds as we toured the house and the company’s original cellars where the champagne has been aged to perfection for decades and decades. I know that her legacy will stay with me forever. Madame Clicquot was a widow at the age of 27 (“clicquot” means “widow” in French), and the family business was left in her hands to run. From that moment on, the history of champagne in France (and the world over) changed forever, and for the better. She really stuck with the motto, “Only one quality, the finest.” Because really, if you think about it, the woman always has the better taste. hehe. Her natural instincts, trust in her gut and passion for perfection were the things that brewed up what many believe to be the best champagne ever tasted. She paved the world of champagne to come. The model and the standards. She set the bar to an extreme level of greatness. To her champagne was a science, an art and a way of life. Such an inspiring story on the front of female empowerment and self motivation to say the least.
We partook in a mixology lesson one day at the house and concocted our very own mixed cocktails with fresh ingredients and the new Veuve Clicquot Rich champagne. Mine was mixed with some sliced kiwi, pomegranate seeds and orange extract from the peel. I was going for a drink that was summer and fresh, but also easy on the eyes and full of color. It may not have won best mixed cocktail in terms of originality, but I thoroughly enjoyed drinking mine and I’ll drink it again and again!
The Veuve Clicquot house is very special, with only exclusive guests allowed to stay over. We felt lucky we got to explore the rooms of the house, each inspired by a different country. Each room’s color scheme overwhelmingly fluid. The American room like liquid gold. While the majority of our group was obsessed with the French room, I was drawn the most to the green-tea inspired Japanese room. Of course I would be. Hope you enjoy a few of these pictures I snapped during our time in Reims.
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