In a time where almost all of the largest companies in the world were founded in the last few decades, it can be easy to forget just how old some businesses are. Take, for example, Perrier-Jouët and Christie’s, a champagne producer and an auction house, who first collaborated together back in 1888 when they set the record for the most ever paid for a bottle of champagne.
This year, the two veterans of their respective industries are back together, working on another sale that features the same famous bottle of champagne. The bottle in question is the rare 1874 vintage Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Champagne, which was blended by Charles Perrier, the son of the founder of Perrier-Jouët, and remained the most expensive bottle ever sold for the better part of a century, till 1967.
The vintage champagne is set to pop up in Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction this December, alongside a number of other important drops from the Perrier-Jouët cellar. The rest of the sale will be carefully selected by Maison Perrier-Jouët’s own Cellar Master, Séverine Frerson, who is an expert when it comes to picking historic cuvées.
While the appeal of vintage champagne is a significant one, there will be another reason to bid on the 1874 vintage Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Champagne. Not only will you win the bottle, but also the opportunity to stay overnight at the Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay, the heart of Perrier-Jouët.
The Epernay estate is special, not just for it being the home of one of the worlds finest champagne houses, but for its impressive collection of French Art Nouveau and a guided tour of its cellars and grounds. Once the tour is complete, you’ll dine under the watchful eye of Michelin three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire, naturally with champagne pairings from Perrier-Jouët.
“Every bottle in the Oenothèque Perrier-Jouët is a testament to the heritage of the House,” explained Séverine Frerson.
“The fact that some of these cuvées have been transmitted through generations of Cellar Masters is something I find extraordinarily moving. I am proud to have been entrusted with this unique legacy, but also to have the opportunity to open it up to wine lovers the world over through our partnership with Christie’s, which shares our ethos of excellence.”
The 1874 vintage Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Champagne comes with a presale estimate of £10,000-15,000 (AU$18,550-$27,800) and will be auctioned by Christie’s on the 2nd and 3rd of December.