Champagne Bollinger & James Bond

Bollinger

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 007’s appearance on screen and the Bollinger / James Bond partnership, Champagne Bollinger is launching a limited edition of Bollinger La Grande Année 2002. The sleek black and silver bottle will be presented in a special box designed in the shape of a Walther PPK Silencer.

La Grande Année 2002 alone is certainly worth collecting; according to Bollinger Cellar Master Mathieu Kauffman, “it is the most exceptional vintage in the last decade.”

From 1st to 21st October 2012, web users are invited to test their knowledge about the Bollinger/Bond association through a competition on www.facebook.com/Bollinger. For the whole duration of the competition, Bollinger will celebrate 50 years of 007 in its web magazine www.lifecanbeperfect.com.

Jean Taittinger of Champagne Taittinger Dies At 89

Jean Taittinger, honorary chairman of Champagne Taittinger, passed away September 23 at the age of 89. Taittinger, father of the Champagne house’s current president and CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, was co-owner of not only the Taittinger Champagne business but also the luxury hotel group Société du Louvre. In addition, he was prominently involved in politics; was mayor of Reims from 1957-1977; and was the French Secretary of State for Finance, Minister of Justice and Minister of State from 1971-1974 under President Georges Pompidou. Jean’s brother Claude, who retired in 2006, was a long-time head of Champagne Taittinger.

Source:  Shanken News

Scarlett Johansson Arrives in Russia for Moët & Chandon’s 250th Anniversary Champagne Bash

Scarlett Johansson wore a green Emilio Pucci dress last night to attend Moët & Chandon’s 250th Anniversary party in Moscow. Before heading into the bash, she posed for pictures with the CEO of Moët Hennessy Russia, Frank Floc’hlay. As the face of the Champagne brand, Scarlett’s travelled the world for promotional events since linking up with Moët  in 2009. More recently, Scarlett’s been hanging out in Paris with boyfriend Nate Naylor and even making the rounds at a few Fashion Week parties.

The Champagne Bar: Nairobi’s First Rooftop Champagne Bar

Sankara Hotels & Resorts Nairobi pops the cork on the first rooftop Champagne bar in Nairobi this week. The Champagne Bar located on the seventh floor has panoramic city views and has a champagne list of over 30 champagnes by the glass including brut, rosé and prestige cuvee.

Champagne List highlights
Taittinger Reserve, Billecart Salmon Rose, Lanson Black Label, Pierre Jouet, Nicholas Feuillatte 1999 special, Krug, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot and Moet et Chandon.
Oysters with a champagne velouté, cured Scottish salmon, tramezzo (lobster sandwich), truffles and designer macaroons are some of the delights on the canapé menu, which has been specially created to complement the extensive champagne offering.
The décor is modern with metallic tones and luxurious textures.
Liz Palmer
@Champagnehouses

Perrier-Jouët unveils “Belle Epoque Florale Edition by Makoto Azuma, the first designed Limited Edition of Belle Epoque since Emile Gallé in 1902

How does one pay homage to the heritage and craftsmanship of one of the world’s most refined luxury champagne brands, referencing the past, but also challenging aesthetic boundaries and generating enough visual impact to create something that is genuinely new and exciting? That was the formidable challenge facing floral artist extraordinaire Makoto Azuma, owner of Tokyo flower shop Jardins des Fleurs, when he was approached by the prestigious 200-year-old champagne house Perrier-Jouët to design the first ever limited-edition bottle for its Belle Époque prestige cuvée champagne.

The first designed Limited Edition of cuvee Belle Epoque, since the creation of its iconic anemones by Emile Gallé in 1902 was originally inspired by Japanese art culture, and has become the iconic image of Perrier-Jouët artistic heritage through its prestige cuvee. Challenging the aesthetic boundaries, Makoto Azuma created a unique combined artwork, made of a single delicate botanical arabesque dotted with white Japanese anemones. These recall the original 1902 design, which is further reinforced with a handcrafted motif of golden flowers on the bottle of Belle Epoque 2004, carefully selected by Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps.

The artist explains: “I wanted to make something extraordinary, taking inspiration from the sensation of champagne inside the mouth, and the delicate movement of the ivy and leaves with a special attention and tribute given to Emile Gallé’s anemones”.

Commissioning Japanese artist Makoto Azuma came as a natural choice for Perrier-Jouët; Emile Gallé chose white Japanese anemones for its original design in 1902 because of his passion for botany but also his admiration for Japanese art that draws inspiration from the primal force of nature, the true spirit of the Art Nouveau movement.

Lionel Breton, Chairman & CEO Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët explained: “Makoto Azuma and Perrier-Jouët share the same values of tradition, passion for Nature, and genuine originality and we are delighted to have found in M. Azuma the Emile Gallé of modern times through his unique creation”

From the specific choice of flowers, to the endless series of adjustments and motif on the bottle itself, Belle Epoque Florale Edition perfectly expresses the luxurious and craftsmanship cues of Perrier-Jouët, whilst delivering a contemporary vision of beauty.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Florale Edition will be available only in very limited quantities worldwide from September onwards, in the most exclusive outlets in Perrier-Jouët main distribution markets at an average RSP of 300 euros.