Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy has announced open days at their European artisan workshops, ateliers, and vineyards for two days in October.
WWD reports that on the 15th and 16th of the month, the public will be able to experience what happens behind the doors of the luxury conglomerate’s brands that include fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Dior, jewelry maker De Beers, and champagne labels Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, and Dom Pérignon.
Bernard Arnault told the paper: “Products are one thing, but how they’re made, who makes them, and where is also of interest to the public.”
For half a century, Bollinger has been paying tribute to the best that the Champagne region has to offer, by crafting its iconic cuvée, Bollinger R.D.
On 8th July 2011, the House of Bollinger will host a unique tasting at a top secret venue in Paris, to celebrate the vintages that produced this prestigious cuvée.
A small number of guests will be invited to share this exceptional experience, and for the first time ever, Bollinger will be opening the doors of its universe, with five places reserved for non-professional wine lovers.
TO HONOUR ITS «LIFE CAN BE PERFECT» PROMISE, CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER INVITES YOU ABOARD A PRIVATE JET TO WATCH A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
An international competition to select five champagne lovers to share this perfect day
Bollinger will select its five winners through an international competition entitled “Life can be perfect”.
Open from 7th to 21st June 2011, the competition will invite members of the public to recount an exceptional “Life can be perfect” moment via a specially designed web site.
All entries will then be appraised by the Bollinger Jury, and the names of the five lucky winners will be announced on 27th June 2011.
These 5 winners will then be invited to join Bollinger in Paris on 8th July 2011, where they will enjoy a truly exceptional experience celebrating the Bollinger R.D. cuvée.
Chef Andy Bates has created the most expensive kebab in the world to mark the launch of The Great Food Truck Race TV show.
The dish has moved on from being a humble doner to include saffron-infused flat bread, milk-fed lamb from the Pyrenees and even edible gold.
The “King of Kebabs” uses gold leaf for a finishing flourish and champagne-infused mint and cucumber yoghurt completes the luxury. It costs a whopping £750 ($1,220).
Piper-Heidsieck collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier to create a new design for its Champagne Cuvée Brut bottle.
Gaultier had already created a bottle in a red corset in 1999. The new one features Latex and ﬁshnets, inspired by the can-can.
The unveiling took place at a VIP dinner on May 13 at the Cannes Film Festival. Celebrities in attendance included Inès de la Fressange and Rossy de Palma.
Henry Tuke has launched their new Champagne sabre in the breathtaking gardens at the historic cellars of Champagne house Canard-Duchêne in Ludes, France.
Guests at the event witnessed the founder of Henry Tuke, Tom Tuke-Hastings smash the World Record, by sabering 35 bottles of Canard-Duchêne’s Cuvée Léonie in one minute.
The Henry Tuke Champagne Sabre is hand forged from stainless Damascus steel in England and has solid sterling silver fittings and a shagreen grip.
Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits arm of LVMH luxury group, said Thursday it was planting its first vineyard in China to produce a premium sparkling wine.
The 66-hectare (163-acre) vineyard will be planted as a joint venture with the publicly-owned agricultural development firm of the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in northwestern China.
The maker of Moet and Chandon champagne will build and own a facility near the vineyard to produce the high-end sparkling wine, which is to be sold locally under the Chandon label, LVMH said.
When guests clink glasses in honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials on Friday, they’ll be sipping on Pol Roger bubbly, a champagne maker with a long history of serving British aristocracy.
According to UK wine magazine Decanter, they have it “on the highest authority” that the couple has chosen the family-owned winery to be the official champagne provider at their wedding. They also specifically requested a non-vintage.
Three hundred guests will toast with the champagne bubbly right before the sit-down meal hosted by Prince Charles, the magazine reports.
Two bottles of 200-year old champagne recently salvaged from a Baltic Sea shipwreck will be auctioned off in June.
Finland’s autonomous province of Aaland “has decided that two bottles will be sold at an exclusive champagne auction held in (the capital) Mariehamn on June 3, 2011″.
One of the auctioned bottles will be from the house of Veuve-Clicquot and the other from the now extinct house of Juglar.
This year at the Salone del Mobile, Veuve Clicquot will debut “Clicq’Up”, an origami inspired design object by Belgian designer Mathias van de Walle.
Clicq’Up is the first foldable Champagne bucket and is based on a concept of origami on ice, marrying form and function to create a contemporary, reusable design object that can be folded for easy transportation, set up, and storage.
March 21st, the first day of spring, saw Champagne House Perrier-Jouët celebrate its bicentenary in Paris with the unveiling of Bi-Centenaire—the very first Living Legacy champagne designed to be passed on to future generations.
Just 200 guests from 10 countries attended the private launch, set in the stunning glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.
Guests were also treated to the unveiling of a new work of art commissioned from American artist Daniel Arsham, designed to embody the spirit of Bi-Centenaire.
French exports of Champagne shot up 19.5 percent in 2010 after two years of sagging sales abroad due to the global economic crisis.
Britain remained the top importer of genuine bubbly, buying 35.5 million of the 134.5 million bottles shipped outside France.
Sales in Champagne’s number two overseas market, the United States, jumped nearly 35 percent over the previous year, to 16.9 million bottles, followed by Germany and Belgium, up 21.6 and 7.8 percent respectively.
Moët & Chandon’s Message On A Bottle gift set is perfect for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate special occasions.
This premium champagne set comes with two flutes, a rosé Impérial bottle with special-edition rose pink sleeve and a gold marker to personalise your present with a message – all beautifully displayed in an elegant, rose-tinted gift box.
The suggested retail price of this Valentine Day Graffiti Kit is $120. It will be available for purchase at wines & spirits shops throughout New York City until Feb 14th.
Champagne experts have discovered what are believed to be the oldest existing bottles of Heidsieck champagne, salvaged from a shipwreck in the waters south of Aaland, a Finnish-controlled archipelago of 6,500 islands in the Baltic sea.
Divers stumbled across a cargo of around 150 champagne bottles last July in a two-masted schooner which had run aground sometime between 1825 and 1830.
And by last November experts had already identified the world’s oldest Juglar and Veuve Clicquot brands among the bottles.
Moet & Chandon Champagne has unveiled their new campaign featuring Scarlett Johansson, who has been the brand’s celebrity ambassador since March 2009.
For the 2011 Moët & Chandon Ad Campaign, British photographer Tim Walker photographed Johansson at Trianon in Epernay, North East of Paris last Fall.
Wearing a strapless pearl blue/grey dress, Scarlett is surrounded by castles of empty wine glasses as she poses on a ladder.
Christofle have created a silver-plated filigree vase to encase magnum of the signature anemone bottle, Perrier-Jouët’s prestige cuvee, the Belle Epoque 1998.
Limited to an edition of 150 pieces, only 5 of which are available in the UK, each one is hand-worked and a beautiful, contemporary interpretation of Galle’s original floral creation, showing off the elegance and craftsmanship of Christofle’s silversmiths.
1998 has produced a truly fantastic vintage due to ideal weather conditions giving a high level of maturity and a lot of freshness.
French researchers have found scientific evidence for what many champagne tipplers have long known — that the bubbles are the key to a good bubbly.
The scientists found that the tiny bubbles “are the essence of fine champagnes and sparkling wines” and play a central role in the transfer of taste, aroma and texture, according to an article published in the American Chemical Society Journal.
The best way to preserve the bubbles is to chill champagne to 4°C and to pour it down the side of an angled flute instead of dumping it into the center of the glass.
Both measures minimize the bubbles lost after the cork is popped.
Millions of Americans will welcome in the new year on Friday night with the traditional champagne, either sipped in a well-poured glass or shaken and sprayed in the air — yet another demonstration of the bubbles’ power.
With New Year’s just around the corner, The Beverly Hills Cigar Club has compiled its Top 5 Champagne and Cigar Pairings: ideal combinations for ringing in 2011.
BHCC’s pairings were formed by compiling a list of the highest rated champagnes, then selecting a top rated cigar that would complement the beverage.
Selections for both ranged through multiple price categories, ensuring, fairly surprisingly, this pleasurable combination is available for every budget.
Wine experts Wednesday popped the corks of two bottles of champagne recently salvaged from the bottom of the Baltic Sea.
They had lain in a sunken ship for nearly 200 years, 50 meters below the surface in the waters south of Aaland, a Finnish-controlled archipelago of 6,500 islands.
On stage, they eased the fragile corks from the dark brown bottles — one from the house of Veuve-Clicquot and the other from the now extinct house of Juglar.
This year once again, the House of G.H. Mumm presents a limited edition work: the Sabre G.H. Mumm by Patrick Jouin.
Patrick Jouin wrapped a stainless steel champagne sword with a beautiful red leather handle resembling Mumm’s signature Cordon Rouge.
A unique item that combines the sensuality of a red leather handle with the resistance of a steel blade but with a square end that won’t cut!
Ruinart has launched “Collection Prestige” and made their Blanc de Blanc champagne a collectors item by having Milan-based artist Patricia Urquiola create a Fil d’Or or Golden Thread bottle stopper.