Veuve Clicquot was on island in force last week, celebrating the the 200th anniversary of the release of the first Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (VCP) vintage champagne at the 14th annual Nantucket Wine Festival.
Dominique Demarville, the charismatic and handsome Chef-du-Cave or Cellar Master, was the guest of honor at numerous fetes, large and small, and never failed to dazzle all in attendance.Â At barely 40 years old and only the tenth Cellar Master in over 230 years, Dominique is most likely at the beginning of a long reign at the illustrious, iconic label.
Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, aka â€œThe Widow Clicquotâ€, was nothing short of a visionary, in that she released the first â€œvintageâ€ champagne, changed the way champagne was made by developing the riddling rack to remove sediment, and created an international market for VCP by sending 10,000 bottles to Russia post-Napoleon.Â HerÂ motto, â€œone quality only, the finestâ€, and entrepreneurial skills have been inspirational for generationsâ€”read all about her in the book, â€œThe Widow Clicquotâ€ by Tilar J. Mazzeo. It has been called â€œâ€¦an intoxicating business biography.” by Julia Flynn Siler of The Wall Street Journal.Â Pun intended?
Not surprisingly, the plethora of events and opportunities to rub shoulders and clink glasses with Dominique left us at a loss for words, and so, we send him these love lettersâ€¦and lift a glass to Madame Clicquot and her empire of bubbles.
I so enjoyed your company throughout the Nantucket Wine Festival this past week.Â The â€œWomen of Nantucket in Wineâ€ garden luncheon was a glorious treatâ€”the elegant wines, the decadent meal, the spectacular setting and the powerful company combined with your charm and knowledge for a most memorable day.Â Not to mention, the unforgettable 1985 Rare Vintage rosÃ© with herbed lamb chops—sensationnel.
We were delighted to host you at currentVintage and appreciated you signing bottle after bottle for so many Veuve admirers.Â The energy was contagious and the photos are a testament to how much fun we had!
The clambake was a lovely, casual way to wind-down-while-continuing-to-celebrate the week of wine. Lobster and La Grande Dame 1998?Â Magnifique–I hope to repeat that one again soon!
Please know how much we admire your effort for artistry and quality on such a grand scale.Â We look forward to the release of the Vintage 2007!
Avec toute mon affection,
May I offer that Champagne Veuve Clicquot was precisely the fitting way to celebrate and savor the finale of 14th annual Nantucket Wine Festival Great Wines in Grand Houses events?
The memory of the wines savored during yesterday’s brunch will bring pleasure to our guests (and me!) for a long time to come. Your passion and absolute dedication to both the House and your craft made each and every detail that you shared with us come to life!Â The whole seemed to be coming straight from your heart, as you lead your guests to better understand and appreciate the subtleties of the superbly crafted wines being poured. I know we all will envision you, Chef du Cave going about your work, when next we uncork a bottle!
Thank you very sincerely for a truly unforgettable morning!
Best wishes for a delightful reunion with your family upon your return home.Â I will hope to see you here on Nantucket again next year!
Nantucket Wine Festival Great Wines in Grand Houses
May 23, 2010
Champagne Veuve Clicquot
Presented by Dominique Demarville, Cellar Master
Chef E. J. Harvey
The Seagrille, Nantucket
Dorothy Slover and Doug Kenward, Hosts
Island Creek Oysters, La Petite Pearle Caviar
Alaska Dungeness crab salad, pÃ¢te Ã¡ choux
Beet and horseradish cured smoked salmon, cucumber crÃ¨me fraÃ®che, sesame cone
Nantucket egg scramble, asparagus, black truffle hollandaise
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label
Seared diver scallop
orange and carrot juice gastrique, pancetta, parmesan crisp
La Grande Dame 1998
Lobster, asparagus, Vermont goat cheese timbale
thyme and chive butter
Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2002 Rose
Seared veal tenderloin
Vermont morels, fiddleheads, roasted tomato cream
Grainy mustard spÃ¤etzle
Veuve Clicquot Rare Vintage 1988 Blanc
lemon curd crÃ¨me fraÃ®che, fresh berries, mint
Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec