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The story of the Widow Clicquot

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

A new film will tell the story of the famous Widow Clicquot (Veuve Clicquot in French), reported the website of Parisienne.

An American team is filming in Reims a new independent production about the life of the woman who gave her name to a famous champagne.

The most famous widow in the world – Barb Nicole Clicquot, born Barb Nicole Ponsardin in 1777, came from the richest family in Reims. Widowed at 28 years old. Her husband leaves her a champagne cellar with 100,000 bottles. Barb is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter. To everyone’s astonishment, the widow decided to take charge of her late husband’s business and refused to sell the vineyards. The widow Clicquot was the first woman to run a business related to the production of champagne. She expands her activities and starts exporting champagne all over Europe.

Actress Haley Bennett, star of The Magnificent Seven (2016), Cyrano (2021), plays the role of the famous champagne producer. The film‘s script is based on the biographical book by Tyler J. Mazzeo, The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It, published in 2008 – the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style.

Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.

“The Widow Clicquot is someone we should all know about…. Long a shadowy, legend-obscured figure, in Tilar Mazzeo’s agile hands the widow sheds her weeds and takes form before our eyes as a distinctly modern entrepreneur….The result is narrative history that fizzes with life and feeling.” — Benjamin Wallace, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Billionaire’s Vinegar

“Told in a light and graceful style that is just right for its subject…. [I]t’s a fascinating trip, made even more so by Ms. Mazzeo’s charming cameo appearances as a kind of tour guide…. This example of Barbe-Nicole’s voice is exceptional…an intoxicating business biography.” — Julia Flynn Siler, The Wall Street Journal

“The Widow Clicquot, Tilar J. Mazzeo’s sweeping oenobiography of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, is the story of a woman who was a smashing success long before anyone conceptualized the glass ceiling.” — New York Times Book Review

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