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Celebrations Are Incomplete Without Champagnes, Here Are 5 to Try

Champagne? Yes, of course!

Mar 10, 2021 | By Joseph Low

There is the traditional mindset that popping a bottle of champagne should only be reserved for special occasions and celebrations. More commonly, it is the go-to beverage during New Year’s Eve when we countdown to the New Year. But that shouldn’t be the case, celebrations throughout the year also warrant the opening of champagnes. While it is a great mood booster, do consume them in moderation too.

Ahead are five champagne brands to celebrate anything you might think of… however small they may be.

Bvlgari x Dom Pérignon Rosé

It’s a matchmake in heaven. Two iconic Maisons coming together in perfect synergy to create an exclusive chef-d’oeuvre embodying their shared vision and common values. Innovation is at the heart of both Maisons, and this ties them together to create the Bvlgari Serpenti x Dom Pérignon Rosé. Encircling the neck of the Vintage Rosé 2004 bottle is a bespoke Bvlgari Serpenti necklace in rose colour that’s assiduously assembled. The body of the bottle is engraved with the snake’s scaled motif and its label, in the red hue of the Bvlgari’s prized serpent. One can’t help but be tempted to own a piece of this forbidden fruit.

Just four Bvlgari Serpenti x Dom Pérignon Rosé Limited Editions will be created, available only on demand beginning in 2021, in London, Milan, France and Tokyo.

Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs

The latest bottle of bubbly from the champagne house of Perrier-Jouët puts its savior faire to the forefront. Since the founding of the Maison over two centuries ago, it has been one of Europe’s most favourite champagnes and has accompanied celebrations throughout the years, be it big or small. Made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, the Blanc de Blancs opens with a fresh floral taste of elderberry, acacia and honeysuckle flower. On the palate, the bubbly is zesty and invigorating then rounds up smooth and mellow.

The Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs is available in selected wine specialty shops or as a member exclusive on LeCercle.

Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH Limited Edition

For the first time in Moët & Chandon’s 152-year history, the emblematic Moët Impérial (the Maison’s signature champagne first released in 1869) has been redesigned by an artist. The honour is conferred to Korean-American designer, Yoon Ahn, who is well known for her avant-garde work at her design label AMBUSH. The original gold foil label switches to a deep shade of black, which contrasts stunningly against the new embossed white label—representing tabula rasa, or blank slate, “like a window onto a future filled with possibilities for those who dare step forward”, Moet & Chandon said. While the exterior of the bottle has changed, the gold liquid within has not, it is still fruity and seductive to the palate.

What’s more? A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the limited edition Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH goes to the World Land Trust, an international conservation organisation that protects threatened natural habitats.

Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH Limited Edition is available exclusively at 1855 The Bottle Shop Suntec City and the 1855 e-store.

Armand de Brignac (AKA Ace of Spades)

This is the champagne that helped to propel Jay-Z’s net worth to US$1.4b. Earlier this year, French conglomerate, LVMH, has bought a 50% stake in the rapper’s champagne brand for a sum of US$320 million, per Forbes’ report. While many are unfamiliar with Armand de Brignac, most will recognise the bottle for the gold colour and “ace of spade” logo at the front. Popping the cork, a whiff of sweet peach, apricot and red berry will engulf your olfactory senses. In the mouth, the champagne is rich with exotic fruit, cherry and a touch of lemon, vanilla and honey.

Armand de Brignac is avaliable online at Paneco.

Krug Grande Cuvee Brut

Krug is perhaps the most luxurious champagne brands out there and it is often labelled as a “connoisseur’s champagne”. According to various accounts, it is said that Krug stringent tasting is done on base wines from different vineyard regions before they are blended together. Another differentiating factor of Krug is its fermentation process. All the juice undergoes an initial fermentation in old oak casks which allows a natural micro-oxygenation, giving Krug a rich and broad range of flavours. Expect aromas of blooming flowers, citrus fruits, as well as marzipan and gingerbread. The champagne’s intensity and richness has a mouthwatering effect in the finish, lasting in resonant layers of flavour—powerful, yet gracious in the end.

Krug Grande Cuvee Brut is available online at Oak & Barrel and other e-shops.

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