Arriving to the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Visitors Center in downtown Reims, France.
Even on a rainy fall day, I love the vibrant yellow all over!
The visit began with a tour of The Crayeres. Veuve Clicquot is only one of five Maison in Reims that has the historic Crayeres.
Stepping into the Veuve Clicquot cellars… Talk about a grand entrance, this is amazing.
Views of the Crayeres ceilings.
Views of the Veuve Clicquot bottles aging in the cellar.
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.
Views of the riddling rack where the Champagne bottles age. They’re manually turned every few days during the fermenting stage.
Me and lovely friend and partner in crime Lizzy.
Fishing up the Veuve Clicquot Crayeres cellar tour. The years shown are the years that a vintage wine was made.
After the tour, we hit up the retail boutique (of course). Wait until you see what I picked up as a souvenir.
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.
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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