NOBLESSE LUXE PUBLISHING
" Redefining the High Life"
A Champagne Diva
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It by Tilar J. Mazzeo. This remarkable book gives an elegant glimpse into the life of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin who became a widow("veuve" means widow in French) at the young age of 27 during the early 1800's.
Barbe-Nicole took the wine business and turned it into an world famous empire that is known for its yellow label on bottles.
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire And The Woman Who Ruled It takes you into the life of Barbe-Nicole who becomes stronger in mind, body and spirit each day as she tries to keep the family business in the region of Champagne afloat with her use of skills and with no formal training.
If you know anything about this incredible story, Barbe-Nicole triumphs and Tilar J. Mazzeo has a way of using a crescendo effect in writing in this book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Barbe-Nicole was not the only woman who ran a champagne house but it differentially tell you the strength that these women have and in the wine industry, women were an intricate part of its success either by running a business or in the advertisement that featured women.
In this segment, I will also review several champagne inspired perfumes with one of them actually has a glimpse of REAL Cristal champagne in it.
CHAMPAGNE DE BOIS- If you are heading to Napa Valley, California for a wine tasting event, while in California go to Healdsburg to continue your fine wine retreat with a lovely champagne inspired perfume, CHAMPAGNE DE BOIS by Sonoma Scent Studio. CHAMPAGNE DE BOIS is natural fragrance that transcend on a woodsy, sweet and spicy scent that ushers in with a soft sillage. It redefines classic with its own style like no other.
Perfumer and owner of Sonoma Scent Studio, Laurie Erickson brings a freshness to perfumery that represents the state of California and the entire perfume industry with the true meaning of the Art of Perfumery. Ms. Erickson continues to become a Rising Star with simplistic style with an elegant decorum.
AMANDA Eau de Parfum evokes all that is glitz and glamour and it speaks from the heart and spirit of Amanda Lepore. This was a LIMITED EDITION with only 5,000 bottles created with over 1000 Swarovksi crystals and a blush-colored satin atomizer.
AMANDA is composed by Master and Award-Winning perfumer, Christophe Laudamiel. Amanda wanted this fragrance to be a masterpiece so some of the world's finest and most expensive ingredients were chosen.
One of these ingredients is real Cristal champagne. It was added to make AMANDA the "toast of the town" and this further explains the pop diva's high end lifestyle.
Other notes featured are TOP NOTES: citruses, mandarin orange, strawberry, Cristal champagne, cucumber MIDDLE NOTES: African orange flower, tuberose, violet BASE NOTES: amber, orris root
AMANDA is still available for purchase and can be done so at Artware Editions (artwareeditions.com) for a 4.25 FL OZ/125 ML $550.00 coffret.
CHAMPAGNE PEACH- CHAMPAGNE PEACH #914 by Memoire Liquide is a bespoke perfumery own by sisters Robin Coe-Hutshing and Jennifer Coe. Memoire Liquide was established in 2006 and since then they provide scents that are enriching and personable. Since this segment is dedicated to champagne, there is one fragrance in particular that I find most creative. CHAMPAGNE PEACH #914 is the scent of champagne and peaches. It is inspired by the Bellini cocktail.
What is a Bellini cocktail? According to Wikipedia, it is a long drink cocktail that originated in Venice. It is a mixture of sparkling wine (traditionally Prosecco) and peach puree. It is often served at celebrations and it has become one of Italy's most popular cocktails.
This sounds delicious! What an elegant way to serve up a scent inspired by a cocktail and it give perfumery a modern twist to the most celebrate wine in the world.
Memoire Liquide custom fragrance mixing bars can be found at two locations in the US. The studio at Fred Segal in Santa Monica and Henri Bendel in New York.
PURCHASE INFORMATION: The Widow Clicquot;Harper Perennial (October 6, 2009); English; ISBN-10 0061288586; pages 304; by Tilar J. Mazzeo
PHOTO CREDITS: The Widow Clicquot book cover courtesy of Harper Perennial Publisher; photo of Bois de Champagne courtesy of Sonoma Scent Studio; photo of Amanda Eau de Parfum courtesy of Fragrantica.com; photo of Champagne Peach courtesy of beautyhabit.com, GLOBAL CHAMPAGNE DAY 2011 logo courtesy of ChampagneJayne.com