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6 of the best Champagne collaborations
Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. IV
Looking for something a little extra special to sip this party season? Eschew your standard bottle of fizz or English sparkling wine for one of the best Champagne collaborations on the market. These beautiful, collector’s edition bottles and unmissable experiences are some of the best alternative ways to enjoy Champagne.
Vueve Clicquot Widow Series. IV
The fourth instalment in Veuve Clicquot's Widow Series, an annual creative event which pays homage to the maison's founder Madame Clicquot, will launch on November 15 in collaboration with British graphic designer Tom Hingston. Taking place over three days at Bargehouse on London's Southbank, Rebels is set across six rooms offering immersive artistic experiences celebrating Britain's radical and rebellious subcultures and created with input from the likes of filmmakers Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, installation artists Rebecca Louise Law and Anna Burns and Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. The event will be open to the public and, with previous incarnations curated by the likes of Nick Knight, FKA twigs and Carine Roitfeld, promises an unforgettable blend of fashion, film, music and, of course, champagne.
Rebels takes place from November 15-17, visit veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk for more information.
Piper-Heidsieck Rare Le Secret High Jewellery Edition
To celebrate the release of its most exclusive bottling, Rare Le Secret, Piper-Heidsieck has teamed up with fine jewellery house Mellerio to create a stunning magnum decorated in gold and finished with a 1.22 carat ruby, 1.43 carat sapphire or 1.15 carat emerald. The champagne itself is a 1997 vintage blended, as the name suggests, in secret by eight-time Sparkling Winemaker of the Year Régis Camus while the opulent bottle is inspired by the maison's muse Marie-Antoinette. Once drunk, Mellerio will transform the stone on your chosen bottle into a beautiful piece of jewellery during a private visit to its Parisian workshop.
Rare Le Secret High Jewellery Edition magnum, £115,000, Piper-Heidsieck at Harrods
Philippe Starck x Louis Roederer
Famed designer Philippe Starck, who penned the lines of Motor Yacht A and Venus among others, has teamed up with Louis Roederer on the house’s limited edition Brut Nature 2009 vintage. Sporting a colourful label designed by Starck, the Champagne itself is a mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier described by Chef de Cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon as the most modern of all Louis Roederer Champagnes - perfectly in keeping with Starck’s reputation for innovation.
Louis Roederer Brut Vintage 2009, £85 for 75cl, Harvey Nichols
Roger Daltrey x Charles Orban Champagne
The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has partnered with Eminent Life and Charles Orban Champagne to create an eponymous cuvée celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary. A classic blend with a creamy texture and fine bubbles, Champagne Cuvée Roger Daltrey is available as a single bottle, gift set with flutes or with a matching ice bucket with all proceeds to be donated to Teen Cancer America.
Champagne Cuvée Roger Daltrey, from £95 for 75cl, Eminent Life
Iris Van Herpen x Dom Pérignon
After a successful partnership for the 2003 vintage, Dom Pérignon once again turned to fashion icon Iris Van Herpen to create a limited edition version of the 2004 vintage. Taking inspiration from the process of metamorphosis and the way vintage Champagne transforms over an extended period of time, each limited edition box is signed by Van Herpen and features a stunning crystal-like green graphic on a black background.
Dom Pérignon Iris Van Herpen Vintage 2004, £180 for 75cl, Millesima
Sebastião Salgado x Taittinger
The 14th edition of the Taittinger Collection range, which was founded in 1983, sees the Champagne house team up with Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado on a limited edition label and gift box. In keeping with Salgado's signature black and white imagery, the photographer chose to feature a leopard captured in the Barab River Valley in Damaraland, Namibia, in 2005. The image is taken from his Genesis series, which pays tribute to the earth and the life it supports, and perfectly matches the fresh and vivacious Brut Millésimé 2008 inside the bottle.
Taittinger Collection Sebastião Salgado 2008, £164 for 75cl, Taittinger at The Champagne Company