Getting Into the Festive Spirit
As the year draws to a close and the festive season looms on the party horizon, we savour three exquisite champagnes that add a stylish taste to the most sophisticated fiestas and soirées… and add a warm touch with a smooth selection of elegantly refined vodka, whisky and cognac.
Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé 2005: Natural Grace
The 2005 vintage of Perrier-Jouët’s celebrated Belle Epoque Rosé has been unveiled in a limited edition bottle designed by Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz. Featuring a fairytale encounter between a golden humming bird and the Champagne house’s trademark Belle Epoque anemone for the past century, the bottle highlights Perrier-Jouët’s “belief in bringing beauty to everyday life”. That philosophy is further underlined in an extravagant, voluptuous and predominantly Chardonnay vintage wine that has been aged in cellars for nine years.
Hennessy Paradis Impérial: Majestic Elegance
In 1818 the Russian Imperial Court asked Hennessy to create a special blend for Tsar Alexander I. The request came from the empress, Maria Feodorovna, to mark the 42nd birthday of her son, and this important commission was passed on to Jean Fillioux. Nearly 200 years later, master blender Yann Fillioux recreated his predecessor’s famous cognac. Comprised of eaux-de-vie aged between 30 and 130 years old, Paradis Impérial is meant to be savoured slowly, “in order to fully appreciate the finesse of every single drop”.
When Madame Bollinger created the legendary R.D. (Récemment Dégorgé) vintage in 1967, her daring idea was to give connoisseurs a Champagne that was disgorged late and prepared like an Extra Brut.
Aged Champagnes were not fashionable at the time, but the wine house believed the oxidative stress of disgorging would give enhanced freshness to the future Bollinger R.D. They were right: available now in a limited reserve of exclusively hand-crafted bottles, the Bollinger R.D. has even become James Bond’s favourite Champagne.
Meticulously produced using British home-grown ingredients, Juliet Immaculate Vodka is the latest release from luxury wine and spirits creator Shammi Shinh, head of Prodiguer Brands. Its boutique production process comprises only one distillation from the best quality sugar beet, and the independent producer uses natural, non-toxic and renewable branded quality materials such as wood top natural corks and tin foil capsules. Once each production run is tested and approved, bottles are all hand-labelled, filled and sealed. In conjunction with a series of A-list launch events held around the world, the brand released a range of Collectors Edition bottles with artwork from New York City-based artist Sue Tsai, featuring Formula 1 racing and the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil.
Described as the new emerald in Krug’s vineyard, Krug Clos du Mesnil 2000 is a rare Champagne that showcases the unique character of a single plot of Chardonnay, harvested in 2000.
The 1.84-hectare vineyard is overlooked by the village church, has been protected by walls since 1698, and is located in the heart of Mesnil-sur-Oger. Krug’s savoir-faire, highlighted by the “calm purity and indulgence” of the grapes from this plot, is enhanced by more than 10 years in the cellar.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label: Exclusive Rarity
Created to reflect the style of 19th century whiskies, Johnnie Walker Blue Label was produced using a blend of some of the famous brand’s rarest barrels from various distillery areas in Scotland. These were chosen by hand, based on their exceptional quality, character and flavour, offering a complex and potent yet incredibly smooth taste that pays tribute to Johnnie Walker’s celebrated 200-year heritage.