Veuve Clicquot Rich – Champagne for Mixology

Veuve Clicquot Rich the first champagne for mixology

For a person who never cooks, and the last grocery shopping dates back to when I thought that Dragon Fruit was something that I absolutely needed to try after fake-cooking on the Restaurant City game on Facebook, going shopping to prepare for a Veuve Clicquot mixology class, in this case called Clicquology, was an adventure. It was fun learning how different fruits and vegetables are named in French, and for no particular reason pamplemousse, which is grapefruit, became my favorite word of the day and the whole experience turned into a Franch learning class. On my shopping list I had le poivron bell pepper, le céleri celery, ananas pineapple, concombre cucumber, and the pamplemousse. These are the main ingredients for the preparation of the Veuve Clicquot Rich.

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Don’t get fooled by the image, I don’t really know what I am doing

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Vreni Frost, German Blogger, and her favorite ingredient the Pineapple
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Marcus Troy, Canadian blogger, seems at loss in the exotic fruit department
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Veuve Clicquot Rich

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I’m sure that fine wine connoisseurs might object to having ice on their champagne but if you have ever been partying the night on the French Riviera for sure have experiences the common practice called piscine, pool, that refers to a large glass of champagne served with ice. Inspired by this popular practice; Veuve Clicquot has created a cuvée that can be perfectly mixed with ice thanks to its particular blend. Veuve Clicquot Rich is was developed with a high percentage of Pinot Noir and Meunier to give the wine more structure so that it can uphold the ice, while citrus notes offset the sugar.

The mixology class was easy, making a champagne cocktail with Veuve Clicquot Rich requires just 3 simple steps: add ice, desired fruit/vegetable and pour the champagne. No fruit syrups, no special mixing tools and no counting parts of this and that. In collaboration with bartenders Veuve Clicquot has identified the main ingredients this special blend tastes best which are pineapple, pink grapefruit (just the peel), cucumber, celery, pepper, and bergamot tea. But I wanted to try it myself by creating my very own cocktail inspired by a strawberry mojito. The result was nice, but I’d suggest sticking with what the recommended ingredients so as to get the best tasting experience. My favorites ingredients are Cucumber and Grapefruit and you need to try all to really decide on yours.

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My strawberry mojito inspired Veuve Clicquot Rich cokctail
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The Veuve Clicquot Mixologist teaching us how to prepare Veuve Clicquot Rich with bergamot tea

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Veuve Clicquot Rich tea making process
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Veuve Clicquot Rich with sliced bell pepper

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Veuve Clicquot Cellars Visit in Reims

Part of the trip discovering Veuve Clicquot Rich in Reims was a special visit to the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin cellars and learn more on how Champagne is made. Even though the brand itself is one of the largest and most famous ones in the world, looking at their process and the atmosphere in the wine cellars you can breathe tradition and history. The tour is also available for tourists (needs to be pre-booked online) and through it everyone can learn how Veuve Clicquot (the woman that founded the house) contributed to the brand we have today and to the whole Champagne world that we have today.

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Veuve Clicquot cellars map.
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The region of Champagne where Veuve Clicquot vines are located

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Portrait of Madame Clicquot.
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In the early 1800’s, Champagne was not the limpid liquid we have today. The second fermentation occurs in the bottle, the dead yeast cells left the wine cloudy. Madame Clicquot of Veuve-Clicquot found a way to clear champagne by shaking the bottles and slowly turning them upside down, so that the yeast sediment could be removed. The dead yeast can now settle in the neck of the bottle and can be removed. This process is called riddling.

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