Veuve Clicquot Cellar master Dominique Demarville launched the new Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée and the innovative Cellar in the Sea experiment On June 18, 2014, on Silverskär Island in Äland, Finland. Founded in 1772, the Maison Veuve Clicquot has been mastering the aging process of exceptional wines, thanks to the rich heritage of the innovative Madame Clicquot, who among other additions to the champagne elaboration process, created the first vintage champagne in 1810.
The Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée is a selection of premium wines that, due to their renowned quality and remarkable aging potential, have been carefully guarded over decades, in the heart of Veuve Clicquot’s chalk cellars in Reims. On this occasion, an event was organised around the launch of The Cave Privée 1990 Rosé, Cave Privée 1989 Blanc, Cave Privée 1982 Blanc, Cave Privée 1979 Rose in addition to a wine pairing dinner in collaboration with Michelin star Swedish chef Magnus Ek.
The famed shipwreck containing 47 bottles of Veuve Clicquot dating from 1840s was discovered in 2010 in the Äland archipelago. It is for this very reason that Dominique Demarville chose to reveal the Veuve Clicquot Cellar in the sea experiment; a 40 year venture to further enhance the House’s understanding of the aging process.
This experiment, which was inaugurated during the launch, involved the submersion of a selection of Veuve Clicquot wines in the Baltic Sea, within a specifically designed underwater cellar. The bottles chosen included Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label in 75mL and magnums, Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 2004 and Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec. Throughout the years, the wines will be compared to a similar selection of bottles kept in the Houses’s cellars in Reims.
Both the Cave Privée and Cellar in the Sea are testament to the heritage of innovation and audacity left behind by Madame Clicquot. With these two launches the House continues the understanding of the aging process.