Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin is champagne house from France, generally known only as Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot was founded in 1772 and vastly expanded especially at the beginning of the 19th century thanks to efforts by Madame Clicquot, the wife of founder Philippe Clicquot, to spread champagne as a luxury drink in the royal courts in Europe. Since 1986, it has been owned by Louis Vuitton
, and has been owned by the luxury conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)
, since its inception in 1987.
The name Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin derives from the surnames of the founder Philippe Clicquot and his wife Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, known as Madame Clicquot. When her husband died in 1805, she became a widow, which in French translates to "veuve". Consequently, she renamed the champagne house as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, and the name and brand of the company has remained the same ever since.
The correct pronunciation of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin in French can be transcribed as Vuhv Klee-ko Pawn-sahrd-ehn
. The first word "veuve" cannot be precisely transcribed in English phonetics without IPA because of the "eu" sound. But the "eu" sound roughly corresponds to the "e" sound in the word "verve". So if you maintain the "e" sound of "verve" and subtract the "r" you can reach a good pronunciation of "veuve". The name Clicquot must be pronounced with a soft, abbreviated "o" sound as heard in the audio. In Ponsardin, the "o" at the beginning is also kept short and the a is open and has an "ah" sound.