The woman who changed Champagne forever
It was 1805 when 27-year-old aristocratic French widow, Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot took over her husband's business and changed the face of Champagne forever. Later known as 'La Grande Dame de la Champagne', she began at a time when a woman couldn't hold a bank account in France, let alone be a respected winemaker. But the Champagne she created to her own exacting standards remains largely unchanged today. And her numerous inventions, including a technique for rosé Champagne and the practice of 'riddling' to remove sediment, are still used and revered by all Champagne houses.