Veuve Clicquot (verve’ klee-coh’) is a variety of champagne produced by Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, a champagne house founded in 1772 in Reims, a city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of northeastern France. The winemaker’s premium champagnes are noted for their excellence (and expense, relative to other sparking wines), as well as the difficulty westerners may face in pronouncing the name. You don’t need to become fluent in French to order this sparkling libation.

Pronounce the first word, Veuve, as “verve” (rhymes with nerve).

Say the second word as two distinct syllables by speaking Clicquot as though it were two words. The first part of the word is pronounced “klee” (rhymes with glee).

Pronounce the second part of the word Clicquot as “koh” (rhymes with dough).

Pronounce the entire name of the champagne Veuve Clicquot as “Verve Klee Koh.”

Hear a French woman pronounce Veuve Clicquot by clicking on the link in the Reference section.