Veuve Clicquot collaborates with Italian ceramics artist Paola Paronetto for its La Grande Dame 2015 cuvée.

This latest Veuve Clicquot collaboration with Paola Paronetto follows the trailblazing Champagne maison’s earlier partnership with legendary Japanese art powerhouse Yoyoi Kusama for its 2012 La Grande Dame release, and is totally in line with its unerring focus on championing women in art.

For those not too familiar with Paronetto, the internationally-renown Pordenone, Italy-based artist is best known for eschewing traditional clay in ceramics making for her own innovative “paper clay” technique – using a combination of clay and paper – to form desired forms and shapes.

For the latest Veuve Clicquot vintage, Paronetto has come up with a collection that features not one but six whopping editions from her signature colour palette, but are also made with eco-friendly materials in a push towards responsible packaging. Here she moulds ‘Cartoccio’, or corrugated cardboard, into the boxes that hold the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2015. The wine label on the bottles too borrow from Paronetto’s trademark ‘Corteccia’ texture of her works in paper pulp.

Paola Paronetto

“This new collaboration with such an iconic House as Veuve Clicquot allows me to explore new horizons. I’m grateful to be able to pay tribute to Madame Clicquot by interpreting this new vintage and invoking her optimism and audacity. In all my works, I search for a balance between joy and creativity,” Paronetto shares. “My connection to nature constantly inspires me to look toward a better future. For this new edition of La Grande Dame, I tried a range of six nuanced colours and created a graphic play of light to show them at their best.”

But what of the liquid?

2015 is said to be an exceptional year for Champagne. The Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2015 itself is artfully comprised of wines from that year pulled from the maison’s historical Grand Crus as a tribute to Madame Clicquot Barbe-Niccole Ponsardin herself. Verzenay, Verzy, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Ay, Avize, Oger, Mesnil-sur-Oger, each contributing Pinot Noir (90%) or Chardonnay (10%) to form a cuvée exuding the maison’s signature style – typicity and precision.

You’re looking at a wine that exudes charm and intensity in equal measure. Expect floral freshness on the nose, exploding with white and yellow flowers such as jasmine and acacia that’s rounded out by sweet citrus and orchard fruit. Likewise on the palate, those flavours supported with an assertive acidity and strident minerality that has you reaching for more. You can just imagine the immeasurable reward of cellaring this mature beauty for a decade or so.

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2015 x Paola Paronetto

“We are thrilled to bring the story of La Grande Dame, our exceptional wine that truly embodies the House’s excellence, to Singapore. It is an honor for us to collaborate with Paola Paronetto, an internationally renowned artist and the first Italian artist to partner with Veuve Clicquot for the launch of our latest cuvée. Through this collaboration, we hope to inspire our audiences in Singapore with a message of optimism,” says Nausicaa Charrier, Marketing Director of Moët Hennessy Diageo Singapore & Malaysia.

The Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2015 is available in Singapore from Le Rouge at the recommended retail price of S$348.

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