Christmas is only in 5 weeks’ time, and we can start thinking about gifts and how to spice up the holiday season. Generally, there is one beverage that rhymes with the party: It is Champagne! Fine bubbles are the perfect way to cheer you up and forget about problems. When the smell of cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla strikes and the wooden chalets of the Christmas village create a romantic mood, it’s time to think about elegant gifts. Lovers of refined pleasures will undoubtedly find what they are looking for in the following selection. Here are my favourite Champagne limited editions for the best end-of-the-year celebrations.
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008: eccentricity meets tradition
How to describe this limited edition by Dom Pérignon and Lady Gaga? We can probably say full of character, confident and daring. This description is valid for both Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008. This limited edition, created in collaboration with the artist, combines these characteristics most beautifully. The eccentric design of the packaging – the bottle presses outwards like a balloon, as if to escape the shiny metallic pink packaging – reflects the soul of the wine, the pinot noir, as are the tasting notes of raspberry, violet, peony and white pepper—a guaranteed statement under the Christmas tree.
Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2010: like an elegant evening dress
The patience, foresight and imagination of the Cellar Master made the Chardonnay grapes of the 2010 vintage an exceptional champagne. In this cuvée, we sense the aromatic freshness of Chardonnay, which is the Ruinart signature. Allied to time, it is expressed here with even more depth, amplitude and complexity thanks to the printing under the cork. Thus, Ruinart puts back into use the gesture of disgorging and manual dressing. But its appearance is also convincing. The chalk box was designed like a block of chalk that also protects the Dom Ruinart bottle, remaining in relief and solid, made of recyclable wood fibre paper and produced in a sustainable way. The pencil case is 11 times lighter than the previous generation of Dom Ruinart cases, making it the ideal holiday gift.
Armand de Brignac: like a precious facetted stone.
Handwork is at the heart of this special limited edition from Armand de Brignac. Each bottle is hand decorated with French pewter labels in gold and pink – matching the design of the bottle. The content of this exceptional champagne, made up of a trio of vintages, is also unique. Each blend brings together the unique characteristics of three different harvests while maintaining its strong ancestry year after year. Sustainability is another principle of the estate and its administrators, the Cattier family. Their land is HVE level 3 certified, the highest rating from the French government.
Moët Impérial Spark of Light Limited Edition: the perfect party
This gem limited to a few bottles should grace any gift table. Moët Impérial champagne, known and sought after for its fruity notes, seductive nuances and elegant maturity, has been an icon of the Maison Moët & Chandon for more than 150 years. For this Christmas, the bottle is dressed in a glamorous case whose designs recall the golden light effects of fireworks, thus more than deserving its name of Spark of Light.
Icons by Veuve Clicquot: Legends of party time
An ode to the sunny yellow colour, emblem of the Champagne House, as memorable as a day of radiant sunshine in Champagne region. For its 250th anniversary, Veuve Clicquot presents three iconic accessories in a new edition – ideal as a gift for design and champagne fans:
- Clicquot Fridge x Smeg: The charming Veuve Clicquot Fridge edition (in collaboration with appliance manufacturer Smeg) is guaranteed to grab attention. The mini fridge, whose design is inspired by the 1950s, keeps the bottle of champagne at drinking temperature for two hours. It is made of recyclable sheet metal, and its lid is made of sugar cane waste.
- Ice Jacket: This is tailor-made for the bottle of champagne and keeps it cool for up to an hour. The designer Debbie Petrou used for its manufacture an innovative high-tech process from the fashion industry called 3D knitting, which generates 30% less waste than traditional methods. The Ice Jacket can also be personalized, for example, with the recipient’s name or a Christmas message – creativity has no limits.
- Clicquot Arrow: Choose a destination and discover the distance that separates it from the birthplace of the bottle of champagne in its cellar in Reims. The Clicquot Arrow is an arrow that hides inside a bottle of the legendary Veuve Clicquot Carte Jaune, which was first launched in 2016. The reissue is made of tin sheet metal and 30% recycled materials and will not only be a good gift for globetrotters under the Christmas tree but also an iconic decorative object.
This holiday season will be very festive and after all the last unusual couple of years, we all expect more happiness and warm hearted moments. Happy holiday season with sparkles and bubbles!
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