One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trademark for: a brand of champagne produced in Rheims, France; a bottle or example of this.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Bombay Times. Shortened from Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, the trademark of the brand of champagne from French veuve widow + the name of Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, née Ponsardin, French businesswoman and owner of the firm of Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin.
Veuve Clicquot/ˌvəːv ˈkliːkəʊ/
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