Bot­tled El­e­gance

IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT WHEN AN­INA HO HAD AN EX­CLU­SIVE EN­COUNTER WITH THE LIMITED EDI­TION BELLE EPOQUE ROSÉ 2005 FROM PER­RIER-JOUËT

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus Perrier-jouët -

Cham­pagne house Per­rier-jouët has a proud his­tory of en­gage­ment in the arts that is epit­o­mised by its Belle Epoque bot­tle, which was cre­ated in 1902. An iconic de­sign fea­tur­ing white anemones by Emile Gallé, a leader of the Art Nou­veau move­ment, graced ev­ery bot­tle of Belle Epoque cham­pagne for over a cen­tury.

The French vi­gneron has now re­vived the tra­di­tion by com­mis­sion­ing a new limited edi­tion bot­tle for its cel­e­brated 2005 vin­tage of Belle Epoque Rosé. So­cialite An­ina Ho was one of the first peo­ple in Hong Kong to sam­ple the cham­pagne at a spe­cial tast­ing—and she was cap­ti­vated be­fore the cork had even popped.

The cu­veé Belle Epoque Rosé was pre­sented in a bot­tle fea­tur­ing a hum­ming­bird fly­ing to­wards a sump­tu­ous ar­ray of anemones out­lined in gold. De­signed by in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Brazil­ian artist Vik Mu­niz, it was a bold rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the brand’s flo­ral theme.

An­ina says Per­rier-jouët stands out as a cham­pagne be­cause its ori­gins lie in a love story. “Be­fore you drink it, you al­ready think it’s a very ro­man­tic drink,” she says. “And they put not only a lot of fo­cus on the body of the cham­pagne but also the bot­tle de­sign.

“Most cham­pagne bot­tles are just plain glass. But with Per­rier-jouët, you can see the flo­ral pat­terns and also the sig­na­ture anemones. I re­ally love th­ese flow­ers. I also know that they like to col­lab­o­rate with many dif­fer­ent artists. So it’s not just an or­di­nary cham­pagne, it’s like a piece of art.”

The tast­ing took place at the Watches & Won­ders 2014 haute hor­logerie ex­hi­bi­tion, with Per­rier-jouët be­ing the of­fi­cial cham­pagne part­ner: The cham­pagne house has rein­vented an “En­chanted Gar­den” show­ing how art and na­ture have in­ter­acted in the mai­son’s wine-mak­ing over the years.

The limited edi­tion Belle Epoque Rosé, which car­ries a rec­om­mended price tag of HK$2,438 per bot­tle, was un­veiled for the first time in Asia at the ex­hi­bi­tion. Per­ri­erJouët cel­lar master Herve Deschamps has de­scribed it as “the most ex­trav­a­gant wine of the Belle Epoque Col­lec­tion.”

An­ina says peo­ple are likely to trea­sure the limited edi­tion Belle Epoque Rosé bot­tle and may even try to col­lect them. “It is ex­pres­sive, so­phis­ti­cated and trendy. And I think they place qual­ity be­fore quan­tity.”

Her favourite oc­ca­sion for drink­ing cham­pagne is “usu­ally paired with fine din­ing, be­cause I love food,” she says. “I think the cham­pagne can en­hance the taste of the food.”

An­ina says the Per­ri­erJouët’s phi­los­o­phy­— with its unique bot­tle, at­ten­tion to de­tail in its wine-mak­ing, and col­lab­o­ra­tion with dif­fer­ent artists—is sim­i­lar to the ex­pert crafts­man­ship used for the lux­ury watch­pieces on dis­play at Watches & Won­ders.

“It’s to do with crafts­man­ship and qual­ity, tra­di­tion and his­tory,” says An­ina. “Great skill and artistry has gone into ev­ery as­pect of pro­duc­ing this unique cham­pagne. Per­rier-jouët has paid as much at­ten­tion to de­tail as a watch­maker work­ing on a one-of-a-kind watch.”

AN­INA HO EN­JOYS A GLASS OF THE 2005 BELLE EPOQUE ROSÉ

THE BELLE EPOQUE ROSÉ COMES IN A LIMITED EDI­TION BOT­TLE DE­SIGNED BY BRAZIL­IAN ARTIST VIK MU­NIZ

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