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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle gift set

The Laurent-Perrier “Grand Siècle” gift set

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle gift set

This holiday season, the prestigious Grand Siècle vintage from Laurent-Perrier will be served as it was during the time of Louis XIV.

The champagne maker enlisted designer Laurent Vincenti to create an “aiguière,” a special ewer that transforms the way bubbly is poured.

Today, champagne connoisseurs are accustomed to gripping the concave bottom of the bottle with a few fingers to pour the contents and control the quantity of foam in the flute. But this is not the only proper way to serve sparkling wine: Laurent-Perrier invites champagne lovers to use a special ewer like those used in the court of the Sun King in 17th-century France.


The Grand Siècle champagne bottle is inserted into this accessory, which has two handles encircling its neck. Not touched directly by the hands, the bottle fits into place at its base on top of a cone.

When the champagne is being poured, the hand naturally draws the two handles together, thus gripping the bottle to ensure it remains in place.

The Grand Siècle  gift set with its special ewer and dish is available from this month at specialty shops for €280.

Champagne Day

Raise a flute for global Champagne Day

Champagne Day

Bubbly lovers take note: October 24 has been designated international Champagne Day.

Along with special events around the world, champagne lovers are invited to share photos, tasting notes, experiences and videos on social media sites using the hashtag #ChampagneDay. This year marks its fifth edition.


In addition to social media campaigns, hotels and restaurants around the world will also mark the occasion with special tasting events.

In Australia, the Sofitel Brisbane is holding a special five-course Champagne Day dinner that includes courses like scallops, green apple, almond and cauliflower, and Kingfish, fennel, barley and citrus nage paired with different Mumm champagnes.


And in the Netherlands, Spark The Hague will be hosting a champagne tasting and dinner at The Hilton hotel, featuring six rare bottles. The meal will be guided by a pair of champagne experts.

Other Champagne Day events are programmed at restaurants in New York, Washington DC, Portland, Tampa and San Diego.

For an events listing, visit http://bit.ly/1pDwsTn.


German hotel hides €2,500 diamond in a champagne flute


The Charles Hotel in Munich, Germany will host a particularly dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration this winter.

In partnership with the jeweler Bucherer, the hotel will place a real diamond valued at €2,500 in the champagne flute of one lucky guest.

“Night of the Diamond” is the theme at the Charles Hotel this December 31, 2014. The hotel’s Restaurant Davvero will serve dishes with evocative names including “Diamant Brut,” “Deep Sea Brillant” and “Luxury Facets.”

King Crab canapés, spiny lobster and shrimp dumplings will be among the delicacies on offer.


Before sitting down to the eight-course meal, guests will take part in the “Diamond Champagne Reception.”

Each partygoer will find a crystal at the bottom of their champagne flute, but only one of them will be the real diamond valued at €2,500.

The lucky winner will find out only later in the evening when an expert jeweler makes his way through the crowd, examining each stone to determine whether it is the precious jewel.

A ticket to the festivities costs €350 per adult (around $440) including the cocktail reception and eight-course dinner, along with a DJ party and concert by Bob Chisholm & Band.

More information and reservations: www.roccofortehotels.com

Champagne Lanson

Disneyland Paris gets its own champagne

Champagne Lanson

Disneyland Paris is bringing out the bubbly for the launch of its new attraction, based on the film “Ratatouille” and its focus on French cuisine.

To mark the occasion, the park is partnering with champagne maker Lanson, immersing its visitors all the more in the experience of fine gastronomy.


Wine enthusiasts will find this special vintage in the boutiques at Disneyland Paris hotels, priced at €65 (around $82).

The champagne is said to call to mind the personality of Rémy, the star of “Ratatouille.” Like the little rat known for his refined palate, this bubbly makes a strong impression: Pinot Noir grapes lend powerful fruity notes and roundness, while Chardonnay grapes add suavity and elegance.

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Dom Perignon x Iris Van Herpen

Dom Perignon - Metamorphosis

 announces a new creative collaboration with the renowned fashion designer Iris van Herpen: “Dom Pérignon Metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen”. The Power of Creation meets the fashion universe.

With its latest Limited Edition, the champagne house marks the end of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 in its First Plénitude and celebrates its transformation into P2, or the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon.

A highlight of the end-of-year season, the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is playfully interpreted by the audacious creator van Herpen (pictured below).

Iris Van Herpen

Inflected with green in all its vibrant exuberance, the Limited Edition gift box illustrates the organic, seismic power that is generated within the wine in the process of its transformation.

Iris van Herpen also designed a über-premium creation (pictured below), inspired by the importance of time in crafting Dom Pérignon.


A bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 lays in the dark green structure, taking its place as if it has been growing there for centuries while projecting itself into the future and its next transformation.

Metamorphosis, by definition, is a change in form. An evolution. A transition from one stage to the next.

Throughout its history, the champagne Dom Pérignon has been intricately linked to the concept of metamorphosis: the spiritual legacy of Dom Pérignon constantly reinvents itself throughout the ages, selectively choosing when to emerge in the form of a new vintage.

Dom Perignon Metamorphosis Limited Edition

The metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen is surprisingly alive, an act of energy!

More info: www.domperignon.com

Curious? Stay tuned on Dom Perignon’s Instagram and Facebook page and see the metamorphosis of the Dom Pérignon universe!

Roger Federer Moet and Chandon

Top 10 most popular brands of champagne for 2013

Roger Federer Moet and Chandon

After looking at the total number of volumes sold last year, a new list shows that the world’s favorite brand of bubbly for 2013 was .

According to a ranking compiled by The Drinks Business, the world tipped back 2,415,900 9-liter cases of Moet and Chandon champagne.

In laymen’s terms, a 9-liter case generally contains a dozen 750ml bottles.

The champagne house scored a coup when it enlisted tennis champion Roger Federer to become the brand ambassador for 2013.


Here are the Top 10 champagne brands for 2013 by volume sales:

1. Moet & Chandon
2. Veuve Clicquot
3. Nicolas Feuillatte
4. G.H. Mumm
5. Laurent-Perrier
6. Taittinger
7. Piper-Heidsieck
8. Pommery
9. Lanson
10. Canard-Duchene

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Veuve Clicquot buries champagne in Baltic Sea

champagne burried

Veuve Clicquot has lowered hundreds of bottles of champagne deep into the Baltic Sea in an aging experiment that also commemorates the discovery of shipwrecked bottles in the same area about four years ago.

Three hundred regular bottles and 50 magnums of bubbly encaged in a specially built, underwater cellar, dubbed the Aland Vault after the Aland shipwreck off the coast of Finland, will remain buried for 50 years.


Veuve Baltic

In 2010, divers near Finland’s autonomous Aland archipelago uncovered a cache of more than 165 bottles from champagne houses Veuve Clicquot, Heidsieck & Co and the now-defunct house of Juglar on the seafloor in a shipwreck dating between 1825 and 1830.

The haul included vintages dating back to 1839, and bottles that were perfectly preserved.

Heidsieck champagne

The deliberately submerged Veuve Clicquot bottles currently lie 40m below the surface, where they’ll be monitored by cellarmasters and occasionally retrieved for tastings.

The Baltic Sea  offers unique aging conditions for its low levels of salinity and a constant temperature of 4C.


Sparkling wine

Sales of prosecco bubbling over champagne

Prosecco outsold bottles of champagne around the world in 2013, with sales particularly strong in the UK and the US.

Sparkling wine

According to figures released by the OVSE, the Italian wine observatory, prosecco outsold champagne 307 million bottles to 304 million last year.

In dollar figures, that translates to a 16% spike in worldwide revenue, and a volume increase of 12%. The Italian version of French bubbly has become a popular alternative to champagne for its budget-friendly price tag.

Spain’s version of sparkling wine, cava, is also experiencing growing popularity around the world, with 243 million bottles sold in 2012 — up 3.6 million from the year before, says a group representing the industry, the Consejo Regulador Cava.

Cava is particularly popular in Germany, which was the leading importer of the Spanish sparkling wine in 2012 at 39.4 million bottles, followed by the UK, which imported 35.9 million bottles and Belgium, at 24.8 million.

Luvienz Caviar Edition

Would you drink caviar-flavored champagne?

Caviar and champagne is a classic pairing, reasons a French company, so why not create a caviar-flavored bubbly?

Luvienz Caviar Edition

That’s precisely what Luvienz has done with a bottle of champagne that resonates with the iodine-laced flavors of…well, fish eggs.

Luvienz Caviar Edition is described as fresh and powerful on the palate, as well as “elegant, intense and subtle.” Made with 100 percent Chardonnay grapes, the bubbly is flavored with Oscietra caviar.

Burgundy Wine

Champagne to seek UNESCO World Heritage status

France will be submitting its Burgundy vineyards and Champagne-growing region as candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2015.

Burgundy Wine

The country’s ministry of culture is hoping that Burgundy’s wine-making traditions, historic landscape and unique terroir will gain recognition as a region worthy of international protective status.

Well-known for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, the Burgundy region is known for being a patchwork of 365 “parcels” of land, each one characterized by its own unique terroir that determines the choice of grape varietal and style of cultivation.

The area churns out more than 100 appellations of wine including Pouilly-Fuissé, Montrachet, Chablis and Maconnais. Aside from its wine-growing tradition, Burgundy is likewise characterized by its medieval heritage and network of canals, which extend over 1,000 km.

Champagne will also be presented as a UNESCO World Heritage Site candidate for the 120 km of wine cellars that lie beneath Reims and the collection of champagne houses which line the city streets.

The nomination of the country’s wine-growing areas comes after the ministry snubbed the regions in favor of ancient cave paintings in Chauvet and the volcanoes of Auvergne.

If admitted, Burgundy and Champagne would join Saint-Emilion as French UNESCO World Heritage Sites which pay homage to the country’s wine-making tradition.

10kg can Petrossian caviar

Caviar and champagne bar opens at LAX

French caviar house Petrossian opened a bar at the Tom Bradley International Terminal last week for passengers with gourmet taste buds and deep pockets.

10kg can Petrossian caviar

Menu items include a caviar martini garnished with a caviar-stuffed olive, caviar deviled eggs, hand-sliced smoked salmon, a smoked trout platter and caviar flatbread, reports The Los Angeles Times.

For those who absolutely can’t tolerate plane food, Petrossian also offers carry-on picnic packs that run between $205 to $1,582 which can be consumed in-flight.

According to the Times, the most expensive “Caviar in the Air” package includes top-shelf Tsar Imperial Kaluga caviar, creme fraiche, toast points, and smoked salmon in an insulated bag.

Armand de Brignac rosé Champagne

World’s largest bottle of rosé champagne

French champagne house Armand de Brignac has released what it is calling the world’s largest bottle of rosé bubbly that holds the equivalent of 40 regular 750 ml bottles.

Weighing 45 kg (100 lbs) and standing more than 1.2 meters tall (4 feet), the colossal, 30-liter Midas bottle will be uncorked December 13 at the Hakkasan Las Vegas restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where it will be listed for $275,000.

Armand de Brignac  rosé Champagne

Under the direction of winemaker Jean-Jacques Cattier, Armand de Brignac is hand-produced by a staff of eight craftspeople at the family estate in Chigny-les-Roses, France. Grapes used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The Cattier family have been wine producers since 1763.

The Armand de Brignac Rosé is described as a fresh, full-bodied bubbly with aromas of strawberries and blackcurrant and is produced in limited quantities.

This fall Dom Pérignon also garnered attention for enlisting contemporary American artist Jeff Koons to develop eye-catching packaging for its Rosé Vintage 2003. 

Krug Debuts Sound Device for Champagne Bubbles

Krug Sound

Krug Champagne has released an innovative package that includes a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvee, two Joseph crystal glasses by Riedel, and a porcelain shell that fits onto the glass rim.

Drinkers are invited to put their ear to the glass and listen to the effervescent sound of rising bubbles to highlight the proverbial sixth sense of the champagne-drinking experience: sound. Designed by Ionna Vautrin, the idea was inspired by seashells which echo the sound of the sea.

Champagne Krug Sound

Piper Heidsieck Baccarat

Champagne Gift Box by Piper-Heidsieck and Baccarat

Piper Heidsieck Baccarat

Luxury champagne house Piper-Heidsieck has teamed up with French crystal-maker Baccarat to create a $650 holiday gift featuring two bottles of bubbly and a pair of custom-made flutes.

Set in a red-varnished wood case, the limited edition holiday gift set includes a bottle of 1996 and 2006 Vintage Brut, along with two Chateau Baccarat flutes, designed by oenologist Bruno Quenioux.

moet vending machine

Moet & Chandon Unveils Champagne Vending Machines

After caviar, cupcakes and high-end mascara, now there’s a vending machine selling bottles of luxury bubbly by Moet & Chandon.

In what some see as the champagne house’s attempt at making bubbly more accessible to the general public, the new vending machine at London department store Selfridges dispenses blinged-out mini bottles of bubbly, bedecked with 350 deco-inspired Swarovski mini crystals.

The machine is located in the store’s Christmas section, where shoppers can stock up on 200 ml bottles for £18 ($29) for the holidays.

moet vending machine

It’s the latest luxury product to find its way into an automatic dispenser at a time when consumers demand convenience and customer service is becoming increasingly automated.

This spring, Selfridges also debuted a vending machine that sold Chanel mascaras for a limited time.

Last year, the world’s first caviar vending machine debuted in the US for customers with haute snack cravings that go beyond candy bars and chips.

The Beverly Hills Caviar machine dispenses containers of caviar along with all the accoutrements needed to throw a caviar fete, including blinis, truffle oil, Mother of Pearl plates and spoons and gourmet salts.

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve 2000

Champagne tasters name the best

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve 2000

Hosted by trade publication The Drinks Business, experts sipped on 100 samples of bubbly at luxury hotel The Dorchester in London for the Champagne Masters Competition 2013.

Champagne house Charles Heidsieck emerged the big winner this year, earning the ultimate Master title for its Brut Reserve, Brut Millesime 2000, and Blanc des Millenaires Millesime 1995.

Sister house Piper-Heidsieck also gained a Master title for its Rare Millesime 2000.

The Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay and aged for three years in Gallo-Roman chalk cellars.

According to the champagne house, on the nose the bubbly evokes everything from freshly baked brioche and roasted coffee beans to mangos and apricots, while on the palate it may harken a crisp layer of nougatine on a velvety cream pastry filled with plump red plums and ripe cherries.

Or, as Wine Spectator says: “Like a Persian carpet this lovely, elegant Champagne seamlessly weaves together its elements, with fine-grained texture and vibrant acidity joining rich flavors of toast, patisserie fruit and candied lemon zest that show subtle spice notes of cardamom and ginger.”

For the full results of the Champagne Masters, visit http://bit.ly/18TPkG5.

Naturally Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Comes In Biodegradable Pack

Naturally Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot has come up with a new form of innovative packaging made with potatoes and recycled paper that can keep the bottle chilled for up to two hours.

Created by French designer Cédric Ragot, the Naturally Clicquot bottle cover is made from potato starch and recycled paper, and is likewise recyclable.

The cover can keep a bottle of the brand’s Brut Carte Jaune cold for up to two hours once it’s been chilled in the fridge beforehand. A user-friendly handle allows for easy transport.

In 2011, Belgian designer Mathias Van De Walle created a foldable origami-style champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot that could be reused up to four times.

The Naturally Clicquot cover goes on sale around the world from October in a set with a bottle of Brut Carte Jaune for €43 (US$58).

Duval Leroy champagne

Duval-Leroy champagne x Baccarat

Duval Leroy champagne

The prestigious French crystal maker has designed a holiday gift set featuring the Duval-Leroy Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Sommeliers champagne, a new cuvée launched last April.

A Baccarat crystal carafe etched with the Maison Duval-Leroy monogram is nestled in a red and silver packaging alongside a bottle of Duval-Leroy’s Cuvée des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Sommeliers.

The champagne, a blend of premier cru and grands crus from the vineyards of Duval-Leroy in Vertus, France, was produced in collaboration with the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Sommeliers, an alliance of the country’s leading wine experts.

The gift set, priced at €500 ($650), is available upon request directly from the Duval-Leroy winery.

Champagne Taittinger Fifa

Taittinger declared official Champagne of World Cup

Champagne Taittinger Fifa

Champagne Taittinger has secured ‘official Champagne’ status for its namesake brand at the 2014 FIFA World Cup football tournament which will be held in Brazil.

As the World Cup’s official champagne, Taittinger will keep the effervescent stuff flowing liberally during the games next year in an agreement that will run until December 2015.

The brand will be served to guests in FIFA’s VIP and VVIP areas for major events.

Meanwhile, fifth-generation winemaker Lidio Carraro in South Brazil was chosen as the official World Cup wine supplier and will bear the FIFA seal worldwide.

Dom Pérignon x Jeff Koons

DomPerignon Jeff Koons

Dom Pérignon has struck a collaboration with contemporary American artist Jeff Koons to help the champagne house launch its Rosé Vintage 2003.

Adapted from his existing life-sized version of “The Balloon Venus,” Koons created smaller replicas of the metallic magenta art pieces to house bottles of the pink bubbly and designed the labels. Bespoke Balloon Venus replicas are made-to-order and will be available for one year.


On September 10, a limited-edition signed gift set will launch and offer two vintages: Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004, and the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003.

The Balloon Venus jeff Koons

The 2003 rosé, meanwhile, is being launched with much fanfare and described in sweeping terms for having been the earliest harvest since 1822 and for having survived extreme weather conditions including severe spring frost and an unparalleled heat wave.

The result is a rosé that bursts with the aromas of ripe fruit, figs, and strawberries on the nose, before unfolding into hints of guava, violet and vanilla as the wine breathes and grows, says Dom Pérignon.

Last year, Perrier-Jouet commissioned Japanese artist Makoto Azuma to reinvent the brand’s signature floral motif for its Belle Epoque Florale Edition 2004 —  the first time the motif has been tinkered with since it was first created by Emile Gallé in 1902.

Dom Pérignon also tapped David Lynch to design the bottles for a 2003 vintage champagne, while Japanese duo Erotyka also created an origami-style foldable champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot.

Dom Perignon Jeff Koons