BY ENCHANTED FOREST GIFT BASKETS:
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The House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
The remarkable Madame Clicquot (1777-1866) is often considered the first businesswoman of the modern era. Née Nicole-Barbe Ponsardin, she was
widowed in 1805 at the age of 27. Veuve Clicquot ( Veuve means widow in French) defied every convention of the day to take the helm of her late
husband's small Champagne house. She enlisted help wisely, took astute risks and made important technological innovations (including the invention of
remuage or riddling), leading the House to their world renown reputation. One of her most significant triumphs was sending a secret shipment of her
Veuve Clicquot Champagne to Russia in 1814 in defiance of Napoleon's blockade,a great success.
Today the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is among the most prestigious Champagne firms. Its extensive vineyard holdings, many originally
purchased by Madame Clicquot, stretch throughout the top-rated areas of the Champagne region and are unparalleled in size and quality. As in Madam
Clicquot's day, bottles age in the House's vast, vaulted cellars in Reims, portions of which were constructed some 2,000 years ago by the Romans.