The Widow Clicquot: The Story Of A Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It
  • The Widow Clicquot: The Story Of A Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It
  • The Widow Clicquot: The Story Of A Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It
  • The Widow Clicquot: The Story Of A Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It
ISBN: 0061288586
EAN13: 9780061288586
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 6, 2009
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.77" H x 7.87" L x 5.08" W
Weight: 0.89 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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The story of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, showed the world how to live with style, and emerged a legend

Veuve Clicquot champagne epitomizes glamour, style, and luxury. But who was this young widow--the Veuve Clicquot--whose champagne sparkled at the courts of France, Britain, and Russia, and how did she rise to celebrity and fortune?

In The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life--for the first time--the fascinating woman behind the iconic yellow label: Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. A young witness to the dramatic events of the French Revolution and a new widow during the chaotic years of the Napoleonic Wars, Barbe-Nicole defied convention by assuming--after her husband's death--the reins of the fledgling wine business they had nurtured. Steering the company through dizzying political and financial reversals, she became one of the world's first great businesswomen and one of the richest women of her time.

Although the Widow Clicquot is still a legend in her native France, her story has never been told in all its richness--until now. Painstakingly researched and elegantly written, The Widow Clicquot provides a glimpse into the life of a woman who arranged clandestine and perilous champagne deliveries to Russia one day and Read More chevron_right

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   Fantastic Read!
This book offers a great insight into the world of sparkling wine. The Widow Clicquot was one of the greatest women of all time in the sparkling wine industry. The book also provides a fun and invigorating history of the sparkling beverage we all love so much!
   Good info about Cliquot- too much about France's politics
This book is about the life of the Clicquot - widow who, after passing away her husband, created a champagne empire. There are too many distractions away from the main subject by having a detailed background of the political goings on in France, its rivalry with England and the political maneuverings that take place. In my opinion, the book could have been cut by not including so much political information and just telling the widow's story and how she came to be the number one - champagne producer and exporter in France for some time. Ancillary information about France's politics often draws the book and just brings me to sleep.
   A sparkling read
From start to finish, entertaining.
Could have been conflated into 20 pages or less. It seemed to the author of difficulties in finding ample original source material in her research -- which doesn't seem like her fault because she works hard and comes up against a lack of info -- but instead of giving up or broadening her focus, she padded it like crazy to reach the word count. Shame on the publishers for letting this be released as it is. If Geoff Dyer were a better writer, she might have succeeded in turning her frustrated quest for the widow into an interesting pseudo-memoirpseudo-biography -- something like Mazzeo's fantastic out of Sheer Rage, but she can not pull it off by a long shot. The waiter will call the waiter and send it back.
   History made interesting
A compelling story of the Widow, which gives more of a historian's perspective and refuses to step into fiction. I would personally not have minded if this account drifted further into the realm of fiction, I think it would give this story much more immediacy, for example, from a first person perspective.
   The Best in Bubbly-
Living in the Sonoma County region of France and reading the history of the Widow Clicquot and learning about the struggles of making Champagne in the early years was an incredible experience! Creating a world-class product is no small achievement, especially in the days when women were not part of the business world. A great read, full of wonderful information about the history of champagne and her overwhelming success!
The author had the audacity to gather all the small bits of information she could find and weave through history to give us what could only be described as a moving story of a woman's quest to survive and thrive the dispute revolution, being widowed and being a woman in business when there was no such thing. Cheers to authors brilliance, dedication, clear research and immense command of history. PS also makes a great gift with a bottle of the yellow label for almost any occasion!
   A fascinating piece of hidden history
Hidden might not be the right word, but I had no idea of the history involved in this book. Widow Clicquot was such a smart, strong, talented woman who broke ground before her time. I loved this book both for the story of the Widow and for all the history that went along with that time. Even if you don 't care for champagne, this is a fast fascinating read about champagne, history and an amazing trailblazer of a woman!
   Boring, More Speculation Than Facts & No Widow??
Dear God, I am so grateful. The worst pile of the drivel ever made. I have 65 pages in a 185-page book and there is no widow. ?99% so far of what is written is speculation about her life, about how to make champagne. This book is even worse than a bad history professor, nothing is known about the early years of this woman. Instead of focusing on the facts and hello the WIDOW part, the author starts in her childhood years saying she could '' did this or possibly '' knew this person. The author knows nothing and is literally making things up for the sake of word count. Not because it was well written, had valuable information or even worth a read, at least I bought a hard cover that will look nice on a coffee table. Tho... page 65 out of 185 and no widow.
   Madame Formidable
The Widow Cliquot is the direct translation of Veuve Cliquot, a champagne that has become world famous, the yellow label is reasonably priced and a bar favourite, while La Grand Dame '' is the star of the domaine. This book is a well-written, easy to read biography of Madame Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. She became widow when her husband, Francois, died, but rumours about a suicide were also making their way around. The Widow did not let them deter her, and from midway through the book, Mazzeo records the problems faced by the Widow and surmounted before the brand became the world renowned Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Chapter 14 is interesting in that it shows the later years of Edouard Werle and her financial marriage '' with Barbe-Nicole, who was given a fifty percent stake in the company and the addition of his name to the company. Then the Veuve Clicquot Empire spread.