Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, prestigious House of champagne was founded in 1772 in Reims, France. She now belongs to LVMH, biggest luxury group in France. In 1805, Madam Barbe Nicole Clicquot, born Ponsardin, lost her husband. She is 27 and she is now the owner of the Champagne House, that used to produce 100 000 bottles a year.
The name was then changed into Veuve Clicquot (= Widow Clicquot). People used to call her “La Grand Dame de Champagne” (“the Lady of Champagne”) because at this time, she was the only woman CEO of a champagne House. When she died in 1866, the House sold over 750 000 bottles. Nowadays, the House is producing 8 million of bottles per year.