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The holidays are a time for celebration! And what's a celebration without lots of sparkles, glitter, balloons, candles, good company, laughter and Champagne!🥂🎉 I'm a big believer in celebrating life with all its successes and wonderful little moments. Also, I'm a big fan of good food and good Champagne. Which is why whenever I want to enjoy a glass or two, it is Champagne that I pick to do the job - I love the taste and I like bubbles🙈

I've talked about Champagne, celebrating with it, my fav cocktail recipe and a bit about food pairing with Champagne a few times before here on the blog (read here, here and here). But instead today I want to focus on one particular Champagne house, Veuve Clicquot, and vintage Champagnes. So let's get right into it and start from the very beginning, shall we?!

Veuve Clicquot is a French Champagne house based in Reims, which was founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron. Only 3 years later this Champagne house was the first one to start producing rosé Champagne (my personal favorite😉). Soon after, Philippe's son Francois Clicquot  took over running the company and when Francois married Marbe-Nicole Ponsardin in 1798 and died only 7 years later, the house was left to his widow (veuve in French) who became in control of the company. With that, she was the first woman to take over a Champagne house. Marbe-Nicole was very passionate about Champagne and turned Veuve Clicquot into a true leader in Champagne-making the industry and really turned it into a strong brand that's known worldwide for its Champagnes.

Champagne, in it's origin, marks sophistication and investment. And although from the same region, Champagnes can vary significantly. The classic, non-vintage Champagnes are produced with grapes from multiple harvests and are valued for their familiarity, often highlighting a label's flagship tastes and aromas. Now, when talking about vintage Champagnes, then these ones are made with grapes from a single year's harvest and will have that year displayed on the bottle. Vintage Champagnes are typically produced only 3 to 4 times in a decade and can include any of the top three grapes featured in Champagne - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier. The requirement for vintages is that they must be ages for a minimum of three years in the bottle, as opposed to 15 months for non-vintage versions.

Vintage Champagnes are celebrated for their uniqueness. They reflect the year's weather and climate. 2008 ended wonderfully with the grapes maturing in ideal conditions -  the harvest took place at the end of September and the quality of it was exceptional, so it had a great potential for ageing. As with every Veuve Clicquot Vintage, the dominating grape is Pinot Noir from south of Reims area,  which makes up to 61% of the blend. The generosity of Pinot Noir's fruitiness resonates harmoniously with the freshness of the lightly candied citrus fruit (lemon) aromas which are embellished in the finish with delicate hints of toasted notes and dried fruit (apricots). All this combined resolutes as the Vintage 2008 being the perfect combination of power, freshness and finesse, that ends with an incredibly long finish.

I've had a pleasure of tasting the Vintage Reserve 2008 already once earlier this fall when attending Veuve Clicquot's Champagne food pairing dinner. Which, btw, is something I strongly advise all of you to attend at least once in your life - it's a true experience😉👌 The 2008 Vintage was absolutely delicious and just the perfect bubbly to be opened at special occasions and for celebrating precious events with. I already have one bottle ready for NYE waiting to be enjoyed when welcoming year 2018! Either way, whether you're popping bottles of vintage or non-vintage bubbly, Champagne should be consumed on a much regular basis than a rare celebratory cheer a few times a year. Just make sure to pour it into a proper tulip shaped Champagne glass or a regular wine glass instead of a flute, to get the BEST experience💛

On another note, all these amazing photos in this post are done by the wonderful, talented girls duo of photographer Katya and makeup artist Aleksandra. They were instantly on board with all my crazy ideas I had for this photoshoot hehe! And the end result was even 10 times better than I had imagined and expected😍 Katya and Aleksandra work as a team, so you can always be certain to get the full package - idea & styling, gorgeous hair & makeup and beautiful photos. Plus you'll have lots of fun during the photoshoot with these ladies, I guarantee you this😉 What's also great about them, is that they have a wonderful little photo studio here in Tallinn, but they also do photoshoots in Moscow and San Fransisco and pretty much anywhere else worldwide. So make sure to give them a call for a photoshoot!

photos: Katya Kern
makeup & hair: Aleksandra Laer
dress: Diana Arno

↢ enjoy responsibly ↣