The best Champagne that is offered to the world comes from the region of Champagne, France which produces liquid gold that is most elegantly enjoyed in a sparkling crystal Champagne glass. It deliciously entices you to drink as the champagne bubbles kiss your nose when you press your lips to the glass and take that first heavenly sip. No wines are allowed to be called Champagne anymore. The only way they can is if they have been produced in Champagne, France which is how they originally got their name.
On the 6 of February 1829 the Maison Bollinger was founded which has remained in family hands for five generations and is one of the best Champagne Houses around.
In 1992 they developed a Charter of Ethics and Quality which outlines the major principles of the house which shows you the high standards they have and how truly great this company is.
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A legendary Champagne by the legendary Champagne House of Perrier Jouët. It was started in 1811 when Pierre-Nicolas-Marie Perrier married Ad le Jouët. They set up shop in the town of Épernay. Since that day they have produced wines that have long been adored by the rich and famous from centuries past to the present.
The most famous Champagne is the Belle Epoque Cuvée which comes in a gorgeous Art Nouveau bottle that is decorated with white anemones and enamelled roses circled with gold which was designed by the highly respected glassmaker Emile Gallé in 1902.
Dom Perignon is the most prestigious cuvee produced by Moet & Chandon who gave the Champagne its name in the late 1920’s after the 17th century monk who is credited with inventing champagne. The cork and wire cage that Champagne is bottled with was invented by Dom Perignon.
Est. in 1843 Krug’s Clos du Mesnil 1995, is listed in Forbes 2005 list of the most expensive champagnes at US$750 a bottle. It’s extremely rare as only 12,624 bottles were produced in the 1995 vintage.
You can also buy a limited edition trunk which comes with 3 bottles of Krug, mother of pearl spoons and Krug engraved flutes for a mere US$45,000. Only 30 made! More than just champagne, Krug is a lifestyle.
This is a company with a long history that has been dedicated to perfection with the best champagne since 1760. They have associated themselves with some of the world’s most prestigious clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United.
The world’s first French six star chef Alain Ducasse recommends Lanson in his restaurants and fashion designer Paco Rabbane was associated with a limited edition champagne bottle. Pictured left is the declicious Noble Cuvée Brut Vintage from 1998.
Louis Roederer Cristal
The golden bottle glows due to the liquid gold honey inside which entices you to consume it.
The company was founded in 1776 but Cristal itself was created in 1876 for the exclusive use of the Russian Tzars. It is produced in limited quantities and only in exceptional years.
At a Sotheby’s auction in New York in Dec 2005 a bottle of Cristal Brut 1990, Millenium 2000, Methuselah (6 Litres) sold for $17,625.
Moët & Chandon
Company archives show 1743 as the first date of shipment of this wine to Paris by Jean Remy Moet. Early illustrious devotees of this champagne bottle were Napoleon & Josephine .
The rich, famous and infamous continue to enjoy this champagne to this day.
According to statistics from the company, a bottle of Moët & Chandon is opened around the world every second of every hour which makes that around 525,600 bottles opened every year!
1827 was the year the three Mumm Brothers of a rich German family of wine merchants started making champagne.
In 1853 a descendent of the family, Georges Hermann Mumm took over the company and the champagne became G.H. Mumm which retains its name to this day. It is now the official champagne for Formula 1 and many other prestigious sporting events.
Considered a “gentleman’s drink” Pol Roger made his first wine sale in 1849. Winston Churchil was a family friend who loved this champagne and it is also a favourite of the British Royal Family.
This is a drink of great distinction which was also the only champagne bottle served on Concorde
In 1734 Jacques Fourneaux who was a merchant of champagne, established the company that would one day become Taittinger.
In 1932 Pierre Taittinger was successful in acquiring the grand residence of Château de la Marquetterie where the vineyards were that made the wonderful champagne and which were once run by Friar Oudart who was one of the founding fathers of champagne.
Today they export to over 120 countries. The champagne is also the choice of drink for James Bond along with his martinis that are shaken not stirred.
One of the earlier Bond films this champagne bottle appeared in was ‘From Russia, with Love’ with Sean Connery as James Bond and the infamous film ‘Indecent Proposal’ with Demi Moore and Robert Redford.
Philippe Cliquot registered the company name of Cliquot on the 3rd of January 1772.
His wife took an interest in the company and when Philippe prematurely died she took over and transformed it into a world class house earning the respect of her peers and became known as Grande Dame de la Champagne.
Her house has survived to this day with prestige and class.
This was also the champagne bottle of choice at Athina Onassis wedding when she wed 29-year-old Brazilian show jumper Alvaro ‘Doda’ Alfonso de Miranda. (Veuve means widow in French.)