Launch of the Perrier Jouet 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition at the Gherkin

Sep 22, 14 Launch of the Perrier Jouet 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition at the Gherkin

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Earlier this month, Perrier Jouet was in town to launch their 2005 Belle Epoque Rose Limited Edition bottle by Vik Muniz. The launch was at one of my favourite venues in London, The Gherkin. No matter how many times I’ve been to the top, it never fails to impress me. There may be taller buildings in London but the tip top of the Gherkin is just really cool.  Perrier Jouet commissioned Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz to create a unique label for the 2005 as this vintage is the most extravagent wine of the Belle Epoque collection, according to cellar master Herve Deschamps. According to the Perrier Jouet, the 2005 is… …A generous and voluptuous cuvée, the complexity of the 2005 vintage reflects a year of contrasts crowned by a spectacular Indian summer. Chardonnay, Perrier-Jouët’s nominated grape of choice, is predominant in the blend while the cuvée owes its richness and pure, salmon-pink hue to the Pinot Noir variety. After nine years ageing in the House’s cellars, the result is a perfect balance between the year’s character and Perrier-Jouët’s stylish, floral and diamond-cut house style…… The bottle has the traditional anemones on the front but the back label is where Muniz let his creativity come out to play. The artist created a long gold plated label running from top to bottom with the story of the 2005 etched on it. The surprise though is when you look thru the bottle from the front. There Muniz has etched in a hummingbird which appears to be feeding from the anemones. Beautiful!  After the unveiling of the 2005, we were treated to the Belle Epoque 2006 upstairs, where the space at the very top of the Gherkin had been transformed into a nightclub for the evening. A great night out, how could it not be with Perrier Jouet flowing freely. There were only 2000 bottles produced and only 200 are available in the UK. Look for it in Harvey Nichols or at Searcy’s Champagne Bar. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike...

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The Maison Belle Epoque of Perrier Jouet

May 23, 14 The Maison Belle Epoque of Perrier Jouet

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The avenue de Champagne in Epernay is a long and elegant stretch lined with some of the biggest and most famous Houses of Champagne, each behind an imposing gate behind which stand some of the most beautiful examples of 19th century architecture. There is one house that stands out due to its simplicity. Set behind a high wall and iron gates, sits a 2 story white building built around a courtyard. Unbenowst to the casual passer-by, behind the doors lies the largest collection of Art Nouveau in Europe. It is the former home of Perrier family and has now been turned into the Maison Belle Epoque by Perrier-Jouët. Perrier-Jouët tasked two international experts, Camard and Marcihac, to search the auction houses of the world for Art Nouveau works. They were able to acquire over 200 pieces of art, furniture, tableware and lamps. Pieces of art by Gallé, Majorelle, Rodin, Daum, Lalique and others are found throughout the house. Walking into the house, it does take your breath away and I have to admit, just standing in the same room with some of the furniture, I was afraid I was going to break something. The Maison is used by Perrier-Jouët as a guesthouse for its most important visitors when they come to visit but I don’t know think I would use anything if I stayed there. They have one of the most expensive beds in the world, valued at over 300,000 dollars (designed and signed by Gallé) in one of the guest rooms. Even the toilets were too pretty to use. Art Nouveau is not the only art that Perrier- Jouët is interested in. Founded in 213, the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon is intended to generate lively debate within the art world and select an annual prize winner in contemporary craft. This year’s winner is: Laura Youngson Coll. Laura is a contemporary maker in leather and vellum, based in London who was selected by the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon members from a shortlist of 10 candidates for...

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Perrier-Jouet’s Enchanting Tree of champagne

Mar 27, 13 Perrier-Jouet’s Enchanting Tree of champagne

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The Enchanting Tree lives up to it’s name, that’s for sure. The invitation promised an “enchanting champagne moment” and I have to say I was immediately charmed by the tree dripping with full champagne glasses as I walked into one of the darkened gallery rooms of the Saatchi Gallery. Set in the middle of the room and spotlit by soft lights, the tall metal tree had a glow about it and upon closer inspection, I realized that the branches all ended in slim tendrils that curled into glass holders for flutes, filled naturally with Perrier-Jouet Champagne. The tree is actually a larger version of the ‘flute tree’ that will soon be available for both the on and off-trade. Dutch industrial designer Tord Boontje came up with a design for Perrier-Jouet. The launch of the tree coincides with the announcement of the Perrier-Jouet Arts Salon and Prize. The aim of the prize is “…to recognise the UK’s most exciting talent in contemporary arts and crafts.” The Arts Salon includes some of London’s most esteemed creative artists and they will be choosing one person in the field of applied arts for both the prize which includes an all expense paid trip to Perrier Jouet’s Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay as well as a £10,000 bursary. Good luck to all those aspiring artists out there. The Financial Times is the exclusive media partner for the campaign so be sure to keep an eye out for more information on the competition from April onwards. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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A few suggestions for champers next week

Dec 21, 12 A few suggestions for champers next week

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I ran away to Thailand for the holidays this season and not missing the cold, wet, soggy weather at all but one thing I am missing is champagne! Sadly, champagne is prohibitively expensive in Thailand due to taxes so I’m missing my favourite drink. Before I left, though, I managed to get in a few drinks. Perrier Jouet sent me a couple of bottles  of champagne to match with holiday fare. Although the GH Mumm Cordon Rouge might not be the first champagne to spring to mind, it’s a great food champagne and one that, when I try it, always ask myself, why don’t I have this more often? Fresh and crisp with lots of tiny bubbles and a zesty citrusy finish, it’s great to pair with turkey. I like Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV with creamy cheeses like brie, with it’s high acidity and clean sweep of bubbles, it leaves you ready for the next mouthful. And, let’s not forget my favourite, the vintage stuff! I had the 2004 G.H. Mumm with hunks of gruyere and crackers, the nutty, bready flavours and aromas working well with the champagne. 2004 was a pretty good year and the Mumm 04 is developing very well. It still has plenty of life to go. So there you have a few suggestions from Mumm and Perrier Jouet. Enjoy all that champagne, I’ll be sipping on mai tais in Thailand but thinking of champagne…. I Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Spur of the moment foodie weekend in Paris

Jan 18, 12 Spur of the moment foodie weekend in Paris

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I always enjoy last minute trips the most. There’s something about the spontaneity of getting up and going without knowing anything about the trip. This trip was not entirely unknown, I did know we were going to be staying in Central Paris at the Hotel Tremoille and we were there to sample their champagne and caviar package. The Hotel Tremoille is ideally situated, close to the Champs Elysee and a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. Despite the fact that I’ve been to Paris many times before, there’s something about rounding the corner every time we left the hotel and being confronted by this steel skeleton that took my breath away. Even though I knew it was there, it still took me by surprise. A four star joint, the rooms were very comfy, classic but also modern at the same time and the bed pillows! I wanted to take one home (I didn’t), they were some of the best pillows I’ve ever slept on. Champagne and caviar, who doesn’t want to indulge a little when they’re visiting Paris? The hotel has a chic little bar snack – the Maison Kaviari’s l’en K de Caviar  which comes in ultra sleek tins which slide open to reveal the hermetically sealed caviar (15g of Ostreta or Krista) inside along with a serving spoon. Leave it to the French to come up with caviar on the go. Coupled with a glass of Perrier-Jouet and a side of blinis, it does whet the appetite for dinner. The bar also offers a shot of ice cold vodka or wine if you prefer. That’s certainly one way to start the weekend. The next day we had a food walking tour in the 7th arrondissement, The Baguettes to Bistro tour put together by Context Travel. I really enjoyed it and our guide, Meg of ParisbyMouth was  full of food facts and great fun. As an added bonus, she took us to a taxidermy shop, Deyrolle, which has been around since 1831. It...

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