19 Nov Paola Paronetto for Veuve Clicquot/Galerie
For many, Veuve Clicquot is simply an always welcome Champagne, effervescent and delightfully flavored, delivered in a now iconic yellow box. This year, the heritage brand celebrates its 250th birthday, a remarkable milestone in general but even more so when you consider that the real-life veuve, or “widow,” Clicquot—Barbe Nicole Ponsardin—took over her late husband’s business at the tender age of 27 and turned it into one of the greatest Champagne houses in the world. Her many outstanding achievements include the production of the first vintage Champagne, the invention of the riddling table (still used today to clarify Champagne), and the production of the very first blended rosé Champagne. And she did all of this as a woman—in the 1800s.
The first vintage of “La Grande Dame” was released 50 years ago to pay tribute to this original girl boss and in recent years the brand has tapped other exceptional creative women as collaborators. In 2020, it was the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, and this year the 2015 vintage of La Grande Dame features a collection of six gift boxes and bottle designed by Italian ceramic artist Paola Paronetto. The brand had already short-listed her as a collaborator when, as fate would have it, one of their team spotted her lamps at Domaine de Primard, a quietly spectacular hotel in an 18th-century chateau on the banks of the Eure River in Guainville, France.
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