A few weeks ago I headed to Paris on holiday and made a day trip to Reims to visit and tour the Veuve Clicquot cellars. I figured this book would be the perfect read to prepare for the excursion. While it has the general knowledge of the hows of Mme Clicquot and the background of her family's (and husband's family's) wealth and land holdings, it's kind of repetitive and highly speculative. None of the widow's personal letters remain, there's very little to put together in regards to her day to day life. On the tour many of the same details of her life were explained to us, so the book doesn't cover any new ground. Despite that, the historical context was helpful in understanding the struggles and challenges the widow faced in building her champagne house.