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The Wines of Champagne – with Maison Veuve Clicquot

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Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron. Philippe’s son, François Clicquot, married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798 and died in 1805, leaving his widow (veuve in French) in control of a company involved in banking, wool trading, and Champagne production. She became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. The 1811 comet vintage of Veuve Clicquot is theorized to have been the first truly “modern” Champagne due to the advancements in the méthode champenoise which Veuve Clicquot pioneered through the technique of remuage (undergoing secondary fermentation within the bottle). Veuve Clicquot is also credited with being the first Champagne House to make a rosé Champagne.

Dominique Demarville has been Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot since 2009. He found his calling in 1985 during his first summer job, harvesting in Champagne. He subsequently earned a technical degree in oenology and viticulture at Lycée Viticole de la Champagne in Avize and a specialized two-year degree in oenology at the University of Burgundy, Dijon. He studied winemaking in several and complementary regions, such as Alsace, Burgundy (in Vosnes-Romanée), Bordeaux (Margaux) and of course, Champagne in Aÿ and Rilly-la-Montagne. Dominique served in leading cellar positions in several smaller houses in Mesnil-sur-Oger and Epernay, until he became a winemaker in 2004, then Cellar Master – in 2003- of a leading Champagne brand. He joined Veuve Clicquot in July 2006 as Deputy Cellar Master, to succeed Jacques Peters, the 9th Cellar Master of the House since 1772, whom the following three years shared with him the secrets of champagne-making at Veuve Clicquot.

Join us as we sit down with Dominique Demarville, Chef de Caves of Veuve Clicquot, to talk about Champagne – the wine and the region, as well as taste the 2008 vintage of La Grande Dame and La Grande Dame Rosé.

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Veuve Clicquot: www.veuveclicquot.com

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