With the release of La Grande Dame 2015, Veuve Clicquot brings a splash of positivity to champagne drinkers in Singapore. By commissioning Italian colour master and boundary-pushing Paper Clay artist Paola Paronetto to design the label for its latest cuvée, Veuve Clicquot continues to disseminate its message of positivity in a period of continual change. Veuve Clicquot collaborated with Paola to design six eco-friendly gift boxes that highlight her distinctive colour pallet and evoke feelings of happiness. These boxes are a representation of Veuve Clicquot’s dedication to eco-friendly packaging, and its colour scheme is meant to suggest a sense of airiness.
Veuve Clicquot’s partnership with Paola Paronetto continues the company’s long tradition of commissioning original artwork from renowned visual artists for each La Grande Dame release.
2015 La Grande Dame: the finesse and refinement of a wonderful vintage
The 2015 La Grande Dame is a solaire vintage that stays true to Madame Clicquot’s goal of showcasing the unique characteristics of each grape variety. The most renowned Champagne vineyards may be found there, including Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Ay, Avize, Oger, and Mesnil-sur-Oger. The addition of Chardonnay (at a 10% volume) brings out the best in the Pinot Noir (at a 90% volume) in this mix. Oenologically speaking, this cuvee is a masterpiece, with the ability to age for well over fifteen years.
Paola Paronetto’s art: a source of positivity and hope
Paola has developed her creative Paper Clay process, and it shows in this set of gift boxes. She is known worldwide for her work that fuses the traditions of old art with that of pottery, and she is known specifically for her ability to create original and stylistically innovative pieces. Gift boxes replicate the shape of La Grande Dame’s magnificent bottles, while wine labels are influenced by the ‘Corteccia’ texture of her works in paper pulp, both of which were inspired by the natural beauty of the world around them while using the live and natural material of ‘Cartoccio’ or corrugated cardboard.
Paola says she was able to venture into uncharted territory because to her recent partnership with the legendary Veuve Clicquot. She also expressed appreciation for the opportunity to honour Madame Clicquot by providing an interpretation of this new vintage that draws from her boundless optimism and ambition.
Collaboration based on artisanship and eco-friendliness
Paola shares Veuve Clicquot’s longstanding dedication to environmental responsibility and responsible resource management. Veuve Clicquot’s EcoYellow promises to a better future informed the assortment of gift boxes they created.
The 100% recyclable collection is responsibly created in France from next-generation material (including 60% hemp, 20% FSC-certified wood fibres, and 20% cotton), evoking the Maison’s groundbreaking use of hemp in its present boxes. The collection’s revolutionary packaging design and dedication to more sustainable packaging have resulted in a 30% reduction in the COz impact of previous packs.
Tasting impressions of the 2015 La Grande Dame
Champagne had a banner year in 2015. After a moderate winter, an unusually chilly spell marked the start of spring, which was quickly followed by warm weather. June was characterised by plentiful sunny days and scant precipitation, leading to uniform blooming. The grapes picked in the middle of September, when the weather was still mild, have produced a fantastic vintage.
Tight and focused, it offers delicate floral aromas of jasmine and acacia and develops into fruity undertones of pear and clementine, thereby expressing the terroir in all its minerality and freshness. The smooth, delicate texture is a sensory pleasure.
Prices for a bottle of La Grande Dame 2015 in Singapore are S$348 by 1, S$338 each by 3, and S$328 each by 6. The La Grande Dame 2015 is available at Le Rouge.