The Veuve Clicquot Maison & Spectacular Crayere Tours

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Arriving to the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Visitors Center in downtown Reims, France.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Even on a rainy fall day, I love the vibrant yellow all over!

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

The visit began with a tour of The Crayeres. Veuve Clicquot is only one of five Maison in Reims that has the historic Crayeres.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Stepping into the Veuve Clicquot cellars… Talk about a grand entrance, this is amazing.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Views of the Crayeres ceilings.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Views of the Veuve Clicquot bottles aging in the cellar.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Madame Clicquot, otherwise known as Widow Clicquot or Veuve Clicquot known as the “Grande Dame of Champagne”, was a French businesswoman who took on her husband’s wine business at the age of 27 when she was widowed. Under her ownership, and her ingenuity, the company developed early champagne using a novel technique. The brand and company of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin still bears her name.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Views of the riddling rack where the Champagne bottles age. They’re manually turned every few days during the fermenting stage.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Me and lovely friend and partner in crime Lizzy.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

Fishing up the Veuve Clicquot Crayeres cellar tour. The years shown are the years that a vintage wine was made.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

After the tour, we hit up the retail boutique (of course). Wait until you see what I picked up as a souvenir.

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

How cute are these Veuve Clicquot metal bottles? You can customize and add whatever city you want on it including the distance from Reims to the city you choose.

 

Veuve Clicquot Reims MAISON

All smiles after my fabulous tour & visit to Veuve Clicquot. Follow along to see the technical tasting we did after the visit with Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Gaelle Goossenns. 

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