Do you know the story of the eponymous Widow Clicquot, one of the world’s first international businesswomen? With her 19th-century business mind and a pen in tow, she brought her wine business back from the brink of destruction and created the modern champagne market in the process. Enigmatic and clever Clicquot sent letters around the world enchanting clients, instructing employees, and waxed lyrical about the virtues of her incredible champagne in her quest to create the ultimate champagne house. She did it all single-handedly and now Veuve Clicquot honors her legacy with an enormous crystal inkwell that transforms into the most glamorous champagne bucket when opened. Veuve Clicquot comes together with Baccarat to create what can be called one of the largest objects ever made from a single block of crystal, and a super stunning one at that! Only 15 inkwells have been created in all which carry six excellent vintages — 1989, 2004, and 2008, both Brut and Brut Rosé — of La Grande Dame champagne. The Veuve Clicquot champagne bucket also includes four Baccarat crystal champagne glasses and a leather serving tray. Smitten by the beauty of the exquisite champagne bucket designed by Baccarat then what follows will floor you! Everyone lucky enough to acquire the inkwell receives a private invitation to Champagne, France to visit the château and take a deep dive into the history of Veuve Clicquot and its famous namesake.
The Baccarat x Veuve Clicquot champagne bucket is truly a thing of beauty; a labor of love that demanded two years to develop as it is created from a single block of crystal and each of the 15 inkwells required over 1,000 hours of work by a whole lot of master craftsmen. This masterpiece can be yours for $55,000 and can be purchased at [email protected], veuveclicquot.com
[Via: Elite Traveler]