A luxury champagne maker has created what it’s calling the most expensive bottle in the world after encrusting the logo with a 19-carat diamond worth £1.2 million.
Handcrafted from 18-carat solid gold, Goût de Diamants’ Superman-style signature logo is centered by a single, flawless deep-cut white diamond weighing 19 carats, replacing the Swarovski crystal that normally inhabits the space.
The bottle was created for an unnamed private client. The label is also hewn from 18-carat solid white gold and is engraved with the client’s name.
Commissioned to create the one-of-a-kind bottle was Alexander Amosu, no stranger to pimping out other objects like iPhones and BlackBerrys.
In 2009, the designer from the UK also set a Guinness World Record for creating the most valuable suit. Made from gold thread, Himalayan pashmina, qiviuk and vicuna, the bespoke men’s suit took more than 80 hours and 5,000 stitches to create.
Meanwhile, inside the Goût de Diamants Brut Diamond bottle is a blend of Grand Cru Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that offers a floral, refreshing and creamy texture and ends with a light and elegant finish, says the champagne maker.
Champagne Louis Roederer has teamed up with designer Philippe di Meo to create a limited edition Jeroboam design for its prestige cuvee Cristal 2002.
Strictly limited to just 400 units, each Jeroboam comprises a distinctive clear glass bottle encased in a lattice of 24-carat gold and took four days to create by two master goldsmiths.
Each bottle will be priced at $26,000, and the first chance to purchase one will be at the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
In celebration of the first days of Spring, Perrier-Jouët has revealed “The Enchanting Tree”, a champagne service created by Dutch artist and designer Tord Boontje.
Combining both aesthetics and practicality, The Enchanting Tree by PerrierJouët reinvents the gesture of champagne in which each participant plucks a flute from the tree.
Wreathed in anemones this champagne service is made of suspended golden branches that can be used to hang the flutes, blossoming at the base of an ice bucket to preserve the champagne’s coolness.
Faithful to the Art Nouveau philosophy, The Enchanting Tree applies a contemporary approach to the materials used, while employing the craftsmanship that is so dear to the House: the metal branches are hand-worked, the leaves are individually soldered and the anemones lacquered in white.
Tord Boontje made a special large scale version of his creation for the launch at the Saatchi Gallery in London, which will return to Epernay to be part of the house’s private collection of 200 original Art Nouveau pieces of Art.
Sales of champagne fell by 4.4% in volume terms last year, but increased exports helped compensate for sagging European consumption and kept revenue flat at 4.37 billion euros ($5.86 billion).
The slide in annual sales to 308.8 million bottles in 2012 was primarily due to the sharp 13.3 percent fall in European sales and a 8.8 percent fall in France in December, the Champagne Wine Professionals Committee (CIVC) said Tuesday.
Exports of the high-end French sparkling white wine rose by 3.2 percent however to reach a record high of 61 million bottles.
“More than ever champagne has an international value, and other countries represent an essential conduit to growth due to their strong consumption of prestigious vintages,” said CIVC spokesman.
Perrier-Jouët has unveiled the Perrier-Jouët Collection by Claire Coles, a series of limited editions and essential accessories created by the London textile designer.
Using fragments of vintage wallpapers, fabrics and scale, Coles produces layered botanical collages and creates bespoke handmade creations, transforming them into true works of arts.
Using Nature as a source of inspiration, the artist gave her own interpretation of Perrier-Jouët’s Art Nouveau philosophy with a Je ne sais quoi touch of haute-couture design, which was then applied to a limited number of bottles.
The Perrier-Jouët Collection by Claire Coles includes two limited editions of cocktail bags for the Grand Brut and Blason Rosé cuvees.
Made of a semi-rigid cooler bag, with a subtle satin effect finely decorated with the design, the cocktail bags are the essential accessory for taking a bottle of champagne with you and keeping it perfectly chilled for the party.
The collection also contains a new gift box for Grand Brut, and an exclusive Belle Epoque Deluxe case containing the legendary prestigious cuvee of the House and the two iconic anemone designed flutes.
Plans to serve California “Champagne”, rather than French Champagne, at President Obama’s inauguration banquet are putting a crimp in Franco-American relations.
Dom Perignon have teamed up with renowned australian designer Marc Newson to create the ’Kyoto’ champagne cooler for Dom Perignon.
It was developed with the help of Japanese company, Seikado and is made up of a metal bodu which is perfect for cooling the champagne.
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Featuring a sleek minimalistic design, the champagne cooler is inspired by the armor of Japanese military nobles.
Champagne producer Moët & Chandon is ending its relationship with Scarlett Johansson and replacing her with tennis star Roger Federer as brand ambassador.
The House of Krug has created The Sharing set; a new gift set designed to enhance and perfect the experience of tasting and sharing Krug champagne.
James Bond‘s soft spot for the martini is no secret, but a 50-year anniversary requires champagne. Enter a French brand that has decided to fete the spy’s longevity on the silver screen in style, with a box set titled “Bollinger 002 for 007”.
Produced by some 5,000 vintners and renowned houses such as Perrier-Jouët or Piper-Heidsieck, Champagne is one of the culinary symbols of France.
Here are buying tips from Champagne expert Thibaut Le Mailloux, spokesperson for Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC) in France.
First the bad news: there is going to be a lot less champagne to go round this year. The good news: what there is could be outstanding.
After one of the worst spring growing seasons on record, producers of champagne are bracing themselves for one of the smallest harvests in the last 20 years.
Maison Veuve Cliquot offers a new limited edition box, ‘La Ponsardine’, in the shape of a sardines tin with its traditional flap.
Filmaker David Lynch has collaborated with Dom Perignon to create signature bottle and package designs for their Vintage 2003 and Rosé Vintage 2000.
Its theatrical gift box is tied with silk ribbons at either end, which raise the curtain on the interior, filled with Lynchian chiaroscuro silhouettes.
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In a release, Dom Pérignon said the partnership with Lynch was natural because they have much in common, including “mystery, intensity, commitment, time, the constant reinvention of the self, and above all, absolute faith in the power of creation.”
Lynch is the second living artist, after photographer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, to have worked directly alongside the Champagne house.
Perrier-Jouët unveils “Belle Epoque Florale Edition by Makoto Azuma” in Japan, the first designed Limited Edition of Belle Epoque since Emile Gallé in 1902.
The launch, held in Tokyo last week, marked a historical event for the company and fortified its ties to one of the thirstiest markets in the world for luxury goods.
To celebrate Chandon’s American Heritage, ButterflyCannon have created a limited edition summer bottle, inspired by the great “All-American Summer”.
The perfect accessory for summer, this special edition of Chandon Brut Classic sparkling wine is wrapped from head to toe in patriotic red, white and blue.
Krug has listened to Krug Lovers, who love to share and appreciate their favourite champagne in unexpected places, and has created the Krug Flânerie.
The House has played with the codes of luxury leatherwork to create this practical and ingenious “must have” article.
Bearing the Krug stamp, its adjustable shoulder strap gives the option of carrying it slung across the shoulder or held in the hand.
Sotheby’s has launched its own private-label champagne, the first from an auction house. A bottle costs $29.99 and a magnum $69.95.
The bubbly is being produced by sixth-generation French champagne house R & L Legras, which supplies many Michelin-starred restaurants such as Guy Savoy, La Tour d’Argent and Ledoyen.
The in-house brand will also be served at Sotheby’s events around the world including New York, London, and Hong Kong.
A Saudi millionaire splurged $136,000 on a bottle of champagneat Dubai’s glitzy Cavalli club over the weekend, a UAE newspaper reported on Tuesday.
“The Saudi Arabian and his friends guzzled” a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal in the early hours of Saturday morning, the 7DAYS newspaper said.
The vintage bottle was “one of just three believed to be available worldwide,” the paper added. The other two were for sale at nightclubs in New York and London.
Champagne House G.H.MUMM has announced today the renewal of its international partnership with Formula owners Beta Prima Limited, as the Official Champagne of the Formula One Championship.
The Formula One Championship is one of the most widely watched sporting events in the world, with more than 2 billion television viewers over the course of the season.