Being asked to drink vintage rosé Champagne, overlooking the ocean all the while celebrating a remarkable woman? That's the Mermaid trifecta....you couldn't keep me away if you tried.
Veuve Clicquot Wine Maker Stephanie Roposte was in Auckland this week to celebrate the 200th year anniversary of Veuve Cliquot Rosé, the world's first rosé champagne made by one of the most innovative women in wine - Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, the "Grand Dame of Champagne" who after her husband died when she was merely 27, took over the running of his Champagne house and turned it into the iconic, internationally renowned brand we know today. This would be no mean feat for a woman today but when you put it into the context that, at this point in history woman weren't permitted to own their own bank account, it makes the accomplishment of Veuve (French for Widow) Clicquot all the more significant.
Apart from chatting & quaffing vintage Champagne - as in addition to the Non Vintage Rosé we were treated to couple of glasses of the 2008 vintage (2002 & 2008 are regarded as the greatest vintages of that decade), yes you can hate me now - I also got a chance to talk to Stephanie about what it is that makes Veuve Cliquot just so very special.
So this Woman's Week I advocating for women everywhere to get together over a glass Veuve Clicquot Rosé, to celebrate the shift happening in our world today & to appreciate how lucky we are to have follow in the steps of women like Madame Veuve Clicquot.
Thanks to the team at Dark Horse for the opportunity to come along & celebrate!