Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, findingourwaynow.comI was asked what my favorite Champagne was.  That was a very easy answer, hands down, it’s Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut.  It’s not cheap but not so expensive that I can’t indulge on occasion.  Part of the reason I love this Champagne has to do with the woman winemaker that was ahead of her time.  In 1810, against all odds, Madame Clicquot became a business woman that changed the industry of Champagne making to what it is today.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne

Philippe Clicquot founded (the now known Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin) winery in 1772 with the sole purpose of specializing in Champagne.  Monsieur Clicquot married Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1803.  Sadly, she was widowed two years later.  The Widow Clicquot took over her husband’s business renaming it Veuve (meaning widow in French) Clicquot Ponsardin. She proved to be a fearless entrepreneur changing the Champagne industry forever.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, findingourwaynow.comMadame Clicquot invented the process of riddling.  It’s a process that removes the yeast from the bottle by slowly tilting and turning the bottles to gather spent yeast in to the neck of the bottle. Once there, it can be removed by freezing the neck in brine, then removing the spent yeast and then the Champagne/bottle is re-corked.

Her motto was “Only one quality – the finest.” and it has remained so for the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin winery up to modern times.  In 1986, the company merged with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.

The label itself has an interesting evolution/history. The symbols on the label are and represent:

  • The Anchor was added in 1798 to represent hope and rigour (to be extremely thorough).
  • The Comet (Star) was added in 1811 after a comet appeared in the sky over the vineyard to represent a star watching over the destiny of the house of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin.
  • The Yellow Label was originally created in 1876 to discern the difference between their Dry (Brut) Champagne from the others in a dark cellar. It has since involved, becoming their identifying color.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, findingourwaynow.comThis is what the winemaker has to say about this delightful Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne:

“The strength of this golden-yellow wine is immediately pleasing to the nose while its complexity explodes on the palate. The initial notes of fruit are followed by more discreet aromas of brioche and vanilla when the wine is allowed to age in the bottle. It’s a perfect balance of finesse and forcefulness.”

I enjoy this champagne whenever I have an occasion to buy it.  It goes with anything and adds so much to any type of celebration or to just celebrate life.  I do find it’s great with a selection of quality cheeses, chocolates or some fruits.  With Easter approaching it would be an especially nice addition to your table.

You can find Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut at,,,, World Market/CostPlus, Whole Foods and most any wine outlet, just ask your local wine buyer. Enjoy!

Happy Wineing…

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Personally love champagne and in particular Louis Roederer Christal. Having said that another brand that is much cheaper but great is Pol Roger.

    But I’m happy as long as I get champagne because I get a headache from sparkling wine:-)

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Catarina, Aw, Christal is another great Champagne that I enjoy just as well. I haven’t tried Pol Roger but will do so on your recommendation. :-)

  • Charlotte

    I bet you do…. one of the greatest champagne! Ruinart is also a very good one…

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Charlotte, We need to share a bottle of this the next time we’re together. I’ll have to check out Ruinart and give it a try. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    Thanks for this recommendation, Susan. I absolutely LOVE champagne! And you’re right! A fine champagne does indeed go nicely with chocolate. Generally chocolate that is not too dark and bitter, but instead is lighter, with fruity notes. Cheers!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Doreen, It’s hard not to love a good bubbly. Chocolate and Champagne are truly a marriage in heaven. :-)

  • Claire Cappetta

    Love Clicquot! We should share a bottle when you come to NY… Or Piper, I love the “‘carmel’yness” to it (giggles) ;-)

    • Susan Cooper

      That would be so much fun Claire. Uh, Piper would be a great one to write about. Can’t wait to share a bottle of Veuve Clicquot with you when I visit. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    If I was a drinker, I would certainly try this if for no other reason than its history.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, I love the story behind this Champagne. I only gave the short version. She went through a lot to see her passion through and boy am I glad she did. :-)

  • Merle

    This is great information Susan, I also love champagne and need to stock up again after reading this !!

    • Susan Cooper

      Thanks Merle, Me too. I need to do the same. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    The summer I interned at the spa in Escondido I spent a week drinking a bottle of this every night. It was left over from the week that Robin Williams rented the spa for his wife’s birthday. That was a good week for drinking.

    • Susan Cooper

      Oh, wow Jon. That sounds like you had a blast. The Escondido area certainly is beautiful and the spas are amazing.

  • Jo-Anne

    Thank you this sounds really nice something my mum would like………….

    • Susan Cooper

      That’s awesome Jo-Anne. Let me how she likes it. :-)

  • Rebecca Thompson

    Oh yes!!! As you know, I absolutely love, love, love Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin and really enjoyed learning some new interesting facts behind the label.
    Great post :)

    • Susan Cooper

      Yep we are definitely kindred spirits… LOL. I do love the history of this champagne as well. :-)

  • Jacs Henderson

    I say there’s always an excuse for a glass or several of Champagne – Love the story of Veuve Clicquot (and the taste!) My favourite very special Champagnes are in the Louis Roederer range and a favourite for Mothers Day is MUMM :)
    Jacs (hic!)

    • Susan Cooper

      I absolutely agree with you Jacs. I’ve had the Louis Roedere and Mum as well. they are both delightful champagnes

  • Along Came Mary

    I must admit, brut is my least favorite champagne! But, I love the background and learning about your favorite!:)

    • Susan Cooper

      Thanks Mary. I find the history of the wine or champagne sometime more fun then partaking of the libation… LOL

      • Along Came Mary

        Its true!;) Even if I do not love certain wines, I still love knowing their history!

        • Susan Cooper

          Cool! :-)

  • Patrick Huff

    Though not the same quality, I did have the opportunity to visit Mums in france. Interesting bit about the inventer of riddling.

    • Susan Cooper

      IHi Patrick, I thought so too. She was way ahed of her time. You can’t beat the results of her efforts from the past. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Champagne is still largely a largely unchartered territory for me… I pinned this post and will keep this one in mind.

    • Susan Cooper

      Aw, then you have much to look forward to, Jeri. :-)

  • Susan Oakes

    It is my favourite as well Susan and the prices have come down a lot in the last couple of years. I didn’t know the story behind it so thanks for sharing and one day we can have a virtual galss together.

    • Susan Cooper

      I see we have even more in common, Susan :-). I think the story is really interesting and to heck with the virtual thing. I’m working on a face to face and a sharing of some bubbly… :D

  • Liz Blackmore

    I felt like I was taking a walk down a historical vineyard. You review and research so well.

    • Susan Cooper

      WOW, That is such a great compliment. Thank you my dear friend. Hugs, :-)

  • The Spruiker

    I don’t think I’ve had Veuve since New Years Eve 2000. Perhaps I shall use your post as a good excuse to go get a bottle for this Easter.

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi There, Oh then you must. It’s just to good to wait that long to enjoy.

  • Carol Covin

    Love Veuve Cliquot, but didn’t know the story behind it. Also love the Spanish Cavas, which are still within reach.

    • Susan Cooper

      Ah, obviously me too Carol. I am glad you enjoyed the history behind it. The story is really interesting and one not everyone is aware of. Spanish Cavas are awesome. Are there any that you particularly like?

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Love all the history. I finally got into some of my wine now that we moved :)

    • Susan Cooper

      I do too, Krystle. WOW! HOO! There will be a glass of wine in your house tonight. :D

  • Kelly Bonanno

    Interesting facts. Nice to learn something about the champagne I love!

    • Susan Cooper

      Hi Kelly, I love the stories behind some of the wines I enjoy. This one in particular. :-)

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  • Paul Graham

    Veuve Cliquot is certainly right up there and thanks for the interesting history. I seem to recall a fairly recent story about discovery of some product on a shipwreck though perhaps it was from even before Madame Cliquot was widowed. No reply needed. Relax either with or without a glass !

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Paul, Yep can’t help myself and here I am replying anyway. I LOVE this Champagne. I believe an intact bottle was found on the wreck of the Titanic. :-)