Here’s to Champagne, the drink divine, that makes us forget all our troubles; It’s made of a dollar’s worth of wine, and three dollars worth of bubbles,” said the wag. Well, this bottle of bubbly may be worth a tad bit more, at £248 (`24,516), but Pernod Ricard assures us it’s worth it. The company has launched the 2005 vintage of its Champagne Perrier-Jouët cuvée, Belle Epoque Rosé, in a limited run of 200 gorgeous bottles designed by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz.
Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps, who chose the prestige cuvée on offer, calls it “the most extravagant wine of the Belle Epoque Collection”. Chardonnay, Perrier-Jouët’s nominated grape of choice, is predominant in the blend though the cuvée owes its salmon-pink hue to the other ingredient, Pinot Noir. The Champagne was aged nine years in the House’s cellars.
The bottle design is a pretty fusion of a brilliant golden hummingbird with the iconic Perrier-Jouët anemone motif that has adorned all bottles of Belle Époque since 1964. The motif was created for the House by art nouveau protagonist Emile Gallé in 1902.