In 1805, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot-Ponsardin, known as Madame Clicquot, unexpectedly became a young widow. At just 27 years old, she took the reins of the Champagne House founded by her late husband’s family in 1772. Driven by her vision, taste for excellence and spirit of innovation, she created the first recorded vintage, the riddling table, and the first blended rosé as she tirelessly conquered new markets and ultimately earned the title “La Grande Dame” of Champagne from her peers.
Veuve Clicquot has an exceptional oenological heritage, which features the largest palette of reserve wines, as well as some of the oldest in Champagne—approximately 400 from 17 different years. This tradition can be traced back directly to the vision of its founder, an exceptional woman with a passion for Pinot Noir.
The House possesses one of the finest champagne vineyards, both in terms of its size and the quality of its vines. Spread over a landscape of hills, they are in an optimal position to catch the sun’s rays to produce full-bodied wines.
As the 11th Cellar Master at Veuve Clicquot, Didier Mariotti has been tasked with preserving the House’s expertise and inimitable style. He protects its treasure trove of reserve wines and cellars and lays the path for the future by designing and creating iconic cuvées with its emblematic signature grape variety: Pinot Noir.
“We have an amazing diversity of reserve wines that we keep separately by grape variety, cru by cru, and vintage by vintage. It’s not something I’ve seen in Champagne before.”
Didier Mariotti, Cellar Master of Veuve Clicquot