Champagne Perrier-Jouet Cuvée 1874 is going up for auction
A stay at the historic Champagne house in France comes with the coveted cuvée, which is expected to fetch more than $20,000.
A bottle of champagne called Perrier-Jout Brut Millésimé hit the record books in the late 18th century when it became the most valuable champagne ever sold at auction. Today, the same champagne is making its way back onto Christie's auction block in the hopes of setting another record.
This December, the auction house’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction will feature the renowned 1874 vintage as well as a collection of coveted cuvées carefully curated by Perrier-Jout's cellar master Séverine Frerson, teaming up with a collection of even more coveted wines.
The 1874 cuvée of Perrier-Jout was a product of an excellent year and was blended by Charles Perrier, the son of Perrier. This cuvée features Chardonnay grapes that are sourced from one of the original and most prestigious vineyards of Perrier-Jout. In 1888, the Champagne set a new record at Christie's when it was first released, and remained at the top of the list until 1967. Having a quintessentially dry style, it was destined for the British market where it caused quite some controversy.
At the current exchange rate, it is estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000, or approximately $13,600 and $20,400, more than 100 years after it was auctioned at Christie's. Additionally, the bubbly comes with an excursion to the venerable Champagne house in France as part of the package.
We will be taking you to the Maison Belle Epoque in Epernay, the former home of the founder family, where you will have the opportunity to stay overnight. This storied estate is home to the world's largest private collection of French Art Nouveau as well as a great deal of very tasty Champagne. In addition to enjoying a guided tour of the house and cellars, guests will enjoy a meal prepared by Michelin three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire accompanied by Perrier-Jouet Champagne pairings. Additionally, Frerson will also conduct a tasting of Perrier-Jouet's current collection of cuvées as well as an opportunity to sample the elusive 1874 vintage of Perrier-Jouet.
It is also expected that the Perrier-Jouet Brut Millesime 1964 created by the house's sixth cellar master Andre Baveret will be a highlight of the auction. A trip for two to Maison Belle Epoque is also included with the champagne, which is expected to fetch between £700 and £1,000 or roughly $950 to $1,400. Other wines offered by Perrier-Jouet include Belle Epoque magnums dating back to the 1970s-1990s, as well as Blanc de Blancs from 2002 and Rose wines from 2004 and 2006.
It has been announced that Christie's and Perrier-Jout will collaborate on a two-year global project which will take place over the holiday season. So now you're all set for your Christmas bubbly.