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Talking about Pinot Noir and craft beer with Veuve Clicquot's vinegrower, Gaëlle Goossens

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Born and bred in Champagne, Veuve Clicquot's vintner, Gaëlle Goossens, is a true inspiration. A graduate in biochemistry and oenology, she is concerned with making the industry a better place for women and is able to brilliantly discuss several orders of snails.

Goossens is becoming a new face of the brand. She climbed the ladder of her game with speed and humility, navigating in a field notoriously dominated by men with grace and determination.

Here we explore the effervescent psyche of Goossens in another series of Lucky Sevens. Health!

1. What is the bottle that made you love wine?

Growing up in Champagne, France, I spent a lot of time in the vineyard learning the wine of my grandmother's culture. I've always been passionate about the wine industry and, although I would not say that one particular bottle made me fall in love with wine, I remember the first time I tasted a wine base that goes into Champagne. I was stunned and amused at the same time. I said to myself, "How can we make a champagne from these wines … there is a whole world in between". The assembly and aging transform our wine: it's really an art!

2. FMK three varieties: Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Veuve Clicquot is historically a heavy house of Pinot Noir. I would choose to marry pinot noir. Our wines also often incorporate the Chardonnay grape variety, which is why I kill Cabernet and I dance with Chardonnay.

3. You are on death row. What is your last supper wine?

The Great Lady 1990 but only in Jeroboam … a bigger bottle is always better, and this one is superb! Plus, the size will save me time.

4. You can only drink one wine for the rest of your life. What is it?

My favorite is the Veuve Clicquot Vintage Blanc. I adore the Vintage 2008 for its structure and the fact that it really agency to everything: sushi, fried chicken, and so on. We have a new 2012 vintage coming out this year and also inspiring our enthusiasm.

5. You can only drink at a bar for the rest of your life. What is it?

It's a very difficult question! My husband owns a very popular champagne and wine bar in Reims, called "Le Clos". It is an environment so relaxed, ideal for wine lovers and located close to our house. I help her to establish the wine list so I can drink what I love while spending time with friends and family.

6. What's the best and worst wine on your grill (or in your fridge) right now?

Best: I have a Petrus 2015, the year of birth of my son. It's his. He is only 3 years old but I help him develop his nose every day to be sure he will enjoy it someday! He is not allowed to open it until he has reached the legal age to drink … at least.

Worse: For some years now, I've been losing a bottle of spare rosé … a bottle brought by a friend on a happy day. The label must have gone in the ice bucket that night as well. Now it is coppery with sediment. I really should get rid of it, but I do not like to throw wine! Especially one like this one who has a special memory.

7. If you could no longer drink wine, what would be your drink of choice?

I would say craft beer or sparkling water. A cold beer can be so refreshing, and the sparkling water makes my list because I would still like that sparkling taste!

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