Veuve Clicquot ChampagneIntroducing Clicq’Up, The First Foldable Champagne Bucket | 0 Comments
VEUVE CLICQUOT INTRODUCES ORIGAMI ON ICE
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin unfolds its newest innovation, and the Champagne world will never be the same. Introducing Clicq’Up, the first foldable Champagne bucket – a pocket-sized means to chill your bottle while displaying the Yellow height of design.
With its rich history of innovation begun by Madame Clicquot herself, Veuve Clicquot is proud to introduce its latest invention, inspired by the concept of origami. Emerging designer Mathias van de Walle created a playful, portable way to open, use and carry a Veuve Clicquot Champagne bucket: the design Clicq’Up completes the Up Collection.
Start flat, finish bubbly
Pull the Clicq’Up from its custom design box, sleekly tucked alongside a Yellow Label bottle. Unfold the Clicq’Up and pull it open. Press in the sides and slide your bottle inside adding ice and water. Wait for your favorite Champagne to chill, and enjoy!
Investing in the future of design, Veuve Clicquot worked with up-and-coming Belgian designer Mathias van de Walle – his talent outdone only by his ingenuity. Van de Walle’s skill in spatial reinterpretation imagined an origami bucket that could be folded flat for easy transport and storage. Developing this specifically for Veuve Clicquot, the Clicq’Up is waterproof to contain ice and water, and can be used
at least 3-4 times.
The Veuve Clicquot House: Only One Quality, The Finest
Champagne is a wine of legend. The entire history of the Veuve Clicquot House is marked by mythical wines, all of which respect the demand for quality that was the force that drove Madame Clicquot. For over two centuries, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin has been true to its founder’s motto: “Only on quality, the finest”. Madame Clicquot, known as the “Grande Dame de la Champagne”, took over the reins of the business established in 1772, by her father in law, Philippe Clicquot, and expanded it throughout Europe even to Russia. As a clever, energetic woman with a lively mind, she proved determined and courageous in adversity to become one of the first businesswomen of modern times. From that time on, the House never faltered.
A short lineage of just 10 Cellar Masters has led this quest for quality, thereby ensuring the continuity of the Veuve Clicquot style: strength and complexity.
Why Veuve Clicquot Privileges Excellence And Quality
• Only the juice from the cuvee (the first – and most noble – pressing) is used.
• The predominance of Pinot Noir in the blend and the use of between 25 and 40% of reserve wines.
• Veuve Cliquot wines contain very little dosing liqueur: Each Champagne house is free to choose the amount of sugar used in dosing. The Veuve Clicquot Brut Carte Jaune contains 9 to 11 grams of sugar per litre. This light dosage allows the House’s emblematic wine to fully express the values that characterize the Veuve Clicquot style: powerful and complex.
• Malolactic fermentation: Although not mandatory in the Champagne method, this fermentation reduces the wine’s acidity. Veuve Clicquot systematically performs this fermentation for each of its wines.
• An extended ageing period: Veuve Clicquot non-vintage wines are aged for a minimum of 30 months in the cellars, twice as long as the standards enforced by Champagne regulations. The vintage wines are carefully cellared for five to ten years.
• In 1816 Madame Clicquot invented the first riddling table resulting in a champagne without sediments.
• The “Maison des Archives” in Reims has records of Madame Clicquot’s correspondence and most of the company’s papers stretching back 230 years.
• Veuve Clicquot was a pioneer in the domain of rosé champagne - being the first to commercialise it as early as September 1775.
• The hallmark of a Great Champagne House, Veuve Clicquot champagne reveals great complexity under perfect control. Predominantly Pinot Noir, the structure is so typically Clicquot, with a touch of Pinot Meunier rounding out the blend. Chardonnay adds the elegance and finesse essential in a perfectly balanced wine revealing great complexity and perfect control.
Brut Yellow Label
A champagne house is judged primarily on the quality of its Brut non-vintage, which, more than any other wine reveals its art of assemblage. Powerful and complex, the Brut Yellow ensures continuity of the House style and offers an “aromatic” rare brand remembered for long.
Just three years following its foundation, the House of Clicquot began illustrating its innovative spirit in 1775 by signing the very first bottle of rosé in the history of Champagne. In 1818, the House broke away from other rosés produced by macerating black grapes in white wine, and created the Rosé Veuve Clicquot by blending red wines with white wines. Elegant and fruity, this wine frees the senses, charms the eye and ravishes the palate. Proudly bearing the imperial red signature of Madame Clicquot, it promises moments of sheer pleasure.
Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec is one of the House’s grand classics. During the 19th century, and up until the early 20th century, consumer tastes ran towards sweeter champagnes, those with a higher dosage of liqueur. Thanks to its exquisite balance, Demi-Sec is the ideal champagne to serve with dessert.
The term vintage in Champagne describes wines blended from grapes harvested in the same vintage or exceptional year. The Veuve Clicquot House signed the first Vintage wine to be produced in Champagne in 1810, thereafter becoming famous for its mythical wines.
The quality of the harvest is not the only specification; a vintage champagne requires all the talent and vision of the Cellar Master in order to create an extraordinary wine that will be secreted away in the cellars before finally being offered to the world. Each Veuve Clicquot Vintage wine must meet two requirements: it must have a unique personality and it must respect the House style.
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée is the fruit of the mad audacity, intuition, passion and drive of the House winemakers who have produced more than 30 years of vintage wines. Guided by the crazy dream of being able to one day offer an exceptional champagne to wine lovers the world over, they have orchestrated the development of each vintage, taking care to respect and enhance the distinctive personality of each one. Today, Cellar Master Dominique Demarville opens the doors to the Veuve Clicquot “Cave Privée”: a unique collection of rare, meticulously selected vintages.
Jeroboam, Magnum or bottle – Vintage Brut and Vintage Rosé - each of the numbered bottles of the Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée collection conveys an inimitable interpretation of an exceptional year. Each Vintage of the Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée collection has undergone a bespoke disgorging and dosage, calculated in line with the year and size of the bottle. Thanks to the many bottle sizes, a single Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée Vintage can offer a large range of subtle variations.
A rare pleasure and an unparalleled tasting experience.
La Grande Dame
Born of a tradition of excellence and the weight of time, the prestigious Grande Dame is the ultimate expression of the Veuve Clicquot style. Tailor-made in 1972 to celebrate the House’s bicentennial, this masterpiece was christened La Grande Dame in tribute to Madame Clicquot…
Bearing the name bestowed on Madame Clicquot as a mark of respect and recognition by her peers in Champagne, La Grande Dame cuvée is the very symbol of the driving force that guided Madame Clicquot throughout her life: an obsessive search for quality. Known among connoisseurs as one of the finest champagnes in the world, it’s the pride and joy of the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin. Ethereal, free and original, the Grande Dame teases aficionados with its rarity, making an appearance only when nature offers a concordance of perfect conditions. This work of art has given command performances for the most demanding connoisseurs in the form of exceptional Brut vintages in 1995, 1996 and 1998, and Rosé vintages in 1995 and 1998.