xMas Calendar N° 12: Veuve Clicquot Champagne Gift Boxes

Posted on 12/12/2017 by Eileen Schuch
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What is the ultimate holiday essential? That’s right: Champagne. And behind the 12th window of our Advent Calendar we have just that waiting for you. Look at the picture above. Can you see yourself all snug, huddled up in front of the fireplace, snacks on the table, all your loved ones gathered around, a glass of bubbly in hand? Yes, thought so.

 

Veuve Clicquot Goodies

Veuve Clicquot’s story is remarkable. The champagne house looks back on a 200-year history of sparkling and glamorous moments. Reims, 1798: the young Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin marries François Clicquot, heir to Maison Clicquot. Six years after, sadly, she becomes a widow. At only 27 years of age, the young woman takes on the leadership of the family business and turns it into a flourishing enterprise. It is her, the Lady of Champagne, to whom we owe the existence of the Champagne House Veuve Clicquot! Her business acumen, her appetite for innovation and her insistence on quality, allowed the young woman to develop the company far beyond the borders of Reims. Today, the yellow label is recognisable around the world and part of many spontaneous celebrations.

Surprisingly fresh, fun and elegant, Veuve Clicquot adds a touch of glamour and sparkle to the party season. Characterful and of exquisite finesse, this Champagne is the perfect companion for the End of Year festivities.

Like mail from a foreign land: Veuve Clicquot Gift Collection

One of the gift boxes contains an isothermic clutch that is formed like an envelope. Who would mind getting Champagne mail in their letterbox? Not me, that’s for sure!

This gift is not only stylish it is also very useful: fashionable and unique, the packaging holds a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label which can be kept chilled for up to an hour. Once emptied of its contents, the bag can be reused! What do they always say: “Save water, drink champagne!” Well, don’t let us hold you back!

Travelling was Madame Clicquot’s passion. Inspired by the forward-looking spirit of adventure, the enduring passion for discovery and excellence that gave birth to the House, this year, Veuve Clicquot dedicates its holiday edition to travel. The collection of Magnetic Arrow boxes retraces the 6 historical destinations of Madame Clicquot’s champagne exports around the world. It includes a magnetic arrow that can be hung to bring a touch of originality to your interior and recall the magnetic attraction of these cities. This is an ideal gift for someone who loves travelling but who simply cannot leave without their favourite champagne. In Switzerland you can find it at Globus, Manor, selected wine merchants, restaurants and bars.

Another sweet gift idea is the Clicquot Trunk. You can always recognize a seasoned traveller by the labels on their suitcase. Each destination leaves a trace, fills us with memories and dreams… The Veuve Clicquot trunk, in iconic yellow, already comes equipped with stylised labels, symbols of the places that shaped the journey of the Maison. The receiver of this gift can take their trunk to the next destination, celebrate their arrival in style and start to write an all-new chapter in their own book of life.

Veuve Clicquot Rosé is the fruity declination of the Clicquot style. An assemblage of about 50 to 60 different crus, the structure of this vintage champagne is based on the traditional style of the Brut Carte Jaune: 44 to 48% Pinot Noir, 18 to 23% Meunier, 25 to 29% of Chardonnay.  At the end of this year, discover the new Clicq’call box that allows you to record your own message, accompanying a bottle of Champagne Rosé. The recipient can, in turn, reuse the box and record their own message. Happy New Year, Champagne lovers. Say it with Clicquot!

The year-end offers many opportunities to celebrate with friends, family and colleagues. And the place of the festivities is an important detail. Veuve Clicquot Take Along offers you an original way to carry your bottle wherever you go, be it a picnic or an office party. Available at Manor!

And one more surprise: for the first time this year, Veuve Clicquot teamed up with the renowned designer Charlotte Olympia to develop a fabulous gift box for La Grande Dame, the prestige cuvée of the house.

About Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label

The Yellow Label is Veuve Clicquot’s signature champagne. 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the icon. Introduced in 1877, the yellow label is instantly recognizable as symbol of quality and heritage. Champagne lovers across the globe enjoy Clicquot’s yellow for its characterful, crisp and fruity taste. Dominique Demarville, Cellar Master at Veuve Clicquot, whom I had the pleasure to interview earlier this year at Dolder Grand, describes it as such: “Tiny bubbles permeate the bright, golden-yellow Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label in the glass. On the nose, aromas of peaches and raisins reflect the grape varietals, while the ageing process results in notes of vanilla and toasted brioche. Fresh and full-bodied, Yellow Label Brut is well structured, with a robust acidity and a streak of minerality.”

This structure that he mentions stems from the predominant presence of Pinot Noir (50-55%), the roundness brought to the blend by Meunier (15-20%) and the elegance only a chardonnay can bring (28-33%). Grapes from about 60 different crus are sourced and 25-45% of the blend is comprised of reserve wines that have been aged up to 15 years.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is a perfect aperitif and during a meal pairs well with pan-fried seafood, fish and cheese.

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