The History of Veuve Clicquot

When you buy a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, you receive a vintage of the highest quality and character. To determine why, the Ideal Wine Company explains the fascinating history of this extraordinary Champagne maker.

The founding of Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot is a Champagne house that was founded by Philippe Clicquot in 1772. According to the Veuve Cliquot website, he decided to use his prominent family’s vineyards to establish a Champagne brand whose wares would “cross all borders.” Philippe then passed the business to his son François in 1798, as France was entering its notorious revolution.

Madame Clicquot

Yet the story really gets interesting when ownership of the company fell into the hands of François’ widow, Barb Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin in 1805. She had such an effect on the House that its modern name, Veuve Clicquot, is an homage to her memory; “veuve” is French for “widow.”

Madame Clicquot was such a character. After becoming the first woman to run a Champagne house at the tender age of 27, she created what has since became known as the first recorded “vintage Champagne” in history. Madame Clicquot is particularly famous for breaking the continental embargo that prevented trade with Russia during the Napoleonic Wars, by shipping 10,550 bottles of Veuve Clicquot to the realm of the Tsars in 1814.

Invention of the riddling table

However the widow’s greatest achievement was the invention of the riddling table in 1816. Prior to this date, Champagne was cloudy because there was no way to remove the lees (dead yeast) that built up during its unique double fermentation process.

The problem was that it was almost impossible to remove the lees without sacrificing a large portion of Champagne. The invention of the riddling table changed this; it allowed Champagne producers to remove the lees without losing too much liquid to create crystal clear wine in a process called “disgorgement.” A moderated version of this process continues to be used to this day.

Try the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1998

In conclusion, when you purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, you buy a bottle that’s the product of one of the greatest minds in wine history. You can taste Madame Clicquot’s genius in every drop. If you want to see what we mean, why don’t you try the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1998, which you can buy for only £112 from the Ideal Wine Company today; it’ll blow you away.

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Ideal Wine: How to Make a Classic Champagne Cocktail

If you’re about to throw a dinner party for your friends, you’ll want to stick around. The Ideal Wine Company is about to tell you how to make a classic Champagne cocktail.

The perfect dinner party drink

Dinner parties are sophisticated occasions. They present you with a unique opportunity to go all out and really impress your nearest and dearest. You can show them what you’re made of the minute they step through the door by greeting them with cocktails. These heady concoctions give your guests a chance to mingle and catch up on local gossip before you serve the main course.

This is why it’s vital you find the perfect cocktail to start the night off right. May we suggest the classic Champagne cocktail? This timeless concoction is simple yet elegant; the perfect drink for special occasions.

What you’ll need

You won’t need to stretch your budget too far to create a mouth-watering classic Champagne cocktail. You’ll need one sugar cube, 2 dashes of bitters, 20 ml of Cognac (we suggest the Remy Martin XO Champagne Cognac) and enough luxury Champagne to top up a glass (the Dom Perignon 2000 would work fabulously for this).

The preparation method

You’ll also be glad to hear that the classic Champagne cocktail is incredibly easy to make. You can whip up a batch in a few minutes. All you have to do is:

  • Place the sugar cube on the spoon and soak it in the bitters.
  • Drop the cube into a Champagne flute and pour in the Cognac.
  • Top up the glass with your luxury Champagne.

Since we’re heading into summer, if you’re thinking of making a classic Champagne cocktail in the near future we suggest you do one more thing. Place a slice of lemon or lime on the rim of the glass to lend your creation an exotic Mediterranean vibe.

Wow your guests

Follow this guide and voila! You’ll have created a mouth-watering batch of classic Champagne cocktails that your guests are sure to love. These fabulous creations will turn your dinner party into the stuff of legend!

Can Drinking One Glass of Wine Make You More Attractive?

The results of a new scientific study are about to prompt the Ideal Wine Company to ask a question we never thought we’d ever be inspired to ask. Can drinking one glass of wine make you more attractive?

Wine is great for your health

As a provider of fine wines from around the planet at prices you’re destined to love, the Ideal Wine Company has heard every health-related wine myth in existence.

We’ve been told time and time and time again that red wine is fantastic for your health because it contains resveratrol. Resveratrol is a wonder-anti-oxidant which apparently has the ability to move heaven and earth as far as your physical fitness is concerned. Yet we never thought we’d hear that wine can make you more attractive as well.

Study proves wine makes someone more attractive

Your eyes may have done a double-take but we’re deadly serious. And we’re not talking about the infamous ‘beer-goggle’ affect one experiences after a glass or two of alcohol either. The Daily Mail recently reported that a study at Bristol University proves that a glass of wine (or any alcohol) makes you more attractive.

The study asked 40 students to drink various amount of alcohol. They photographed each students face three times; sober, after one alcoholic drink then after two. Then they put the headshots in front of their sober counterparts and asked them to judge which photo was the most attractive The photos taken after one drink were rated as more attractive than their sober counterparts, however it was the sober pictures that came out on top when compared with the snaps of the students after two drinks.

Why were people more attractive after one glass of wine?

The study’s senior researcher, Marcus Munafò, went on to suggest why the study proved that people are more attractive after one drink than when they’re sober. He mused that it could have been because alcohol relaxes the face and provides your cheeks with a rosy glow, traits we associate with healthy people.

The professor went on to point out “that obviously doesn’t mean that alcohol is healthy,” elaborating that “what it means is that alcohol is sort of hijacking that mechanism, or promoting the aspects of facial features that we regard as attractive for other reasons.”

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

We’re not quite sure what to make of this. Apparently yes, wine can make you more attractive but this study shows that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Either way, it can’t hurt to crack open a bottle of Ideal Wine Company’s finest Bordeaux the next time your partner comes round for a quiet night in!