Perrier-Jouet celebrates 200 years of glory
World famous Champagne house Perrier-Jouët, part of the Pernod Ricard group, celebrated its 200th anniversary this Monday in the glass courtyard of the iconic Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The star-studded bicentenary was celebrated with the unveiling of Bi-Centenaire, the very first Living Legacy champagne, which has been designed to be passed on to future generations. The house, renowned worldwide for its Belle Epoque Cuvee, had invited select guests to the event. During the event, they also presented a new work of art commissioned from American artist Daniel Arsham, designed especially to exemplify the spirit of Bi-Centenaire.
Current Cellar Master Herve Deschamps, the only seventh cellar master in the house’s 200-year history, has carefully chosen the vintage for its exceptional ageing capacity. Just 200 guests from 10 countries attended the private launch, who enjoyed a unique exhibition of photographic portraits by legendary Studio Harcourt and champagne-paired celebratory dinner.
VIP guest list included Spanish choreographer and dancer Blanca Li, designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran, French TV presenter Stephane Bern, art photographer Makiko Takehara, fashion designer Isaac Reina and Michelin star Chefs Albert & Alain Roux. On the launch, Chairman & CEO of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouet Lionel Breton said…
We are very proud celebrate tonight the bicentenary of Perrier-Jouet with this unique champagne experience as a real tribute to the house’s remarkable craftsmanship and passion for passing on a sense of French art de vivre to future generations.
Perrier-Jouet Bi-Centenaire is limited to 100 pieces only, and is avaialble at the Champagne House’s Boutique in Epernay and by appointment only. It is also available through the exclusive Pernod Ricard network for €10,000 ($14,160).
• 200 years of glory: From 1811 to 2011
Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier founded one of the oldest Champagne manufacturers in the world, the Perrier-Jouët in 1811. By 1815, the house was exporting wine to England, and after a few more years, their wine reached USA. In 1854, Perrier-Jouët became the first house to release a dry Champagne. In the latter half of the 19th Century, the wines of Perrier-Jouët were consumed in Queen Victoria’s court, as well as that of Napoleon III.
As of today, the house produces both vintage and non-vintage cuvee, with its prestige label named Belle Epoque. The Cuvee Belle Epoque is made from 50 percent Chardonnay and 45 percent Pinot Noir and percent Pinot Meunier. The major cuvees from the house include Belle Epoque, Blason Rose, Belle Epoque Rose and the Belle Epoque Belle de Blancs. The house was in news lately for two of its ultimate creations listed below.
• World’s most expensive champagne
Launched in 2008, this special edition Perrier-Jouet champagne is a mishmash of sugar and wines amassed ages back. A tailored, limited version 12-bottle boxed set carried a price tag of €50,000 or a single bottle at €4,166 ($6,576 (at that time). As of today, the world’s most expensive champagne is Shipwrecked 1907 Heidsieck, priced at $275,000.
• Perrier-Jouët Vintage 1825
Before some divers found the world’s oldest and most expensive drinkable champagne in Baltic Sea, Perrier-Jouet Vintage 1825 was the proud owner of the title of being the world’s oldest champagne. The champagne was tested in 2009 by 12 of the world’s top wine and champagne experts. Serena Sutcliffe MW, Head of the International Wine Department at Sotheby’s, who tasted it along with Perrier-Jouet Chef de Cave, Herve Deschamps, said…
It is virtually impossible to assign a value to the 1825 vintage – we’ve never seen anything like it on the market! This was, quite simply, the opportunity of a lifetime tasting such exceptional, historic vintages.
Champagne house Perrier-Jouët has had a glorious journey from 1811 to 2011, and it’s still on.