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Veuve Clicquot's rose champagne range: Bubbly ahead of its time

Veuve Clicquot created the first blended rose champagne in 1818 and has been using the same techniques to make its range of rose champagnes

Ms Gaelle Goossens, who is one of 11 winemakers at Veuve Clicquot, is in charge of Chardonnay vinification and the Veuve Clicquot pressing centre in the Cote des Blancs region of Champagne.
Ms Gaelle Goossens, who is one of 11 winemakers at Veuve Clicquot, is in charge of Chardonnay vinification and the Veuve Clicquot pressing centre in the Cote des Blancs region of Champagne. PHOTO: MAISON VEUVE CLICQUOT

While Veuve Clicquot's classic Yellow Label champagne is ubiquitous, its rose champagnes are just as much a part of its legacy.

The champagne house has been using the same techniques since 1818 to make its range of rose champagnes, where still red wine is blended with white before bottling.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Bubbly ahead of its time '. Subscribe