BLENDED IN SECRET AND BEDAZZLED IN JEWELS - RARE LE SECRET CHAMPAGNE
Piper Heidsieck has launched a limited edition of just ten magnums of its prestige Cuvee Rare, adored with hundreds of diamonds this super rare champagne comes with a eye watering price tag of €135,000
Renowned for producing some of the world's most exquisite wines, Piper-Heidsieck is one of the oldest Champagne houses in France with a rich heritage dating back to 1785
Blended in secret by Régis Camus eight-time Sparkling Winemaker of the Year , it was in 1997, as Cellar Master of Rare Champagne (the prestige brand of Piper-Heidsieck) he decided not to declare a vintage. Seeing something unique in the wines of that year, he chose instead to blend a small quantity of Rare 1997 in magnums only, and age them secretly in his private cellar.
Now, more than twenty years later, the resulting champagne is something spectacular. Aptly named Rare Le Secret, its unique depth and complexity is characterized by an unusual, powdery nose, dazzling bubbles and a lively, Middle Eastern flavour, this truly special wine is deserving of its emerald-encrusted bottle.
Designed by Mellerio, the oldest jewellery dynasty in the world, Mellerio produced two bottle designs for the remarkable champagne: Rare Le Secret High Jewellery and Rare Le Secret Goldsmith.
Rare Le Secret High Jewellery features a single precious one carat jewel – a choice of diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald – embedded in the heart of interwoven bands of gold set with 510 diamonds. Gold and platinum threads run down each bottle, representing the blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while the 24 carat, solid gold muselet is the very first of its kind in champagne. The presentation case is equally decadent, with a mirrored interior that reflects the cuts of the precious stones used in each bottle. Just ten magnums are available worldwide, for an eye-watering £115,000.
Rare Le Secret Goldsmith is described as a ‘minimalist delight’. The gold label boasts flowing lines and wonderfully decorative typography. Inside the matte black case is a golden mirrored interior, which reflects the stunning minimalist creation. Just one thousand magnums were made, each one engraved and numbered, priced at £1,150.
Laure-Isabelle, creative director at Mellerio, commented of the collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck: “Marie-Antoinette is a natural link between our maisons.” This link dates back to 1780, when the Queen of France is said to have acquired a Mellerio bracelet formed of seven cameos embellished with garnets. By the time she was presented with Rare Champagne a few years later, she was already a loyal Mellerio customer.
Available from Harrods priced at €135,000.00 / £115,000.00