Veuve Clicquot was founded by Philippe Clicquot and more particularly madam Clicquot. They gradually built up the Veuve Clicquot property to make it one of the foremost vineyards in Champagne. The Veuve Clicquot vineyards cover 515 hectares, of which 485 are used for production of the grapes. The land is split between Veuve Clicquot and their parent company, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.
The Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1988 Brut Rare Vintage was disgorged in November 2005 after 17 years of cellaring at the Veuve Clicquot House. This vintage is made up from twenty vintages; all classified as Premiers or Grands Crus. It is both delicate and long lasting champagne with a bouquet which is fine and complex. Strong in the aromas of dried fruits and flowers, there is an elegant harmony in the nose that is reminiscent of toast and brioche.