Dominated by Pinot Noir (55%), this wine has a firm structure, rounded with a touch of Pinot Meunier (15-20%). 28-33% Chardonnay gives it the elegance and finesse needed for perfect balance. A blend of fifty crus, mainly Grands and Premiers Crus. Consistent quality due to 25 to 35% of reserve wines. Beginning with the Bouzy vineyards that originally belonged to founder Philippe Clicquot, subsequent generations – and more particularly Madame Clicquot – gradually built up the Veuve Cliquot property through determination, intuition and acumen to make it one the foremost vineyards in all of Champagne. The vineyards cover 388 hectares of land and spread over the very best Champagne growth areas. The vines are mostly planted on the hillside where the soil is the shallowest and exposure to the sun is at a maximum.