Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Refines Champagne

Though Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin was founded in 1772, it was not known by its present name until its founder’s son, François Clicquot, died suddenly and his widow, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, assumed control of the operation. She and her chef de cave, Antoine de Müller, devised a technique for clarifying Champagne known as riddling—a development that greatly enhanced the public’s appreciation for this sparkling wine. This video shows how riddling is done.