The Legacy of Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy

From the masterful 2008 vintage to developing a worthy successor, Vincent Chaperon

Celebrating a new vintage of Dom Pérignon is always an event, and doing it at its spiritual home in the fields of the Hautvilliers Abbey in France’s Champagne region, all the more so. But this wasn’t a typical release. The adjectives and superlatives of the industry fly around faster than most can keep up with, but everyone is saying that the 2008 vintage will go …

Artist Liu Bolin’s Disappearing Act at Maison Ruinart

A photo series of meticulous camouflage within the champagne house's property in Reims

Throughout his startling and political career, Chinese artist Liu Bolin‘s multi-step “Invisible Man” work has bound together location, precise calculation, and layer upon layer of paint—all for the sake of one masterful image. The process itself is an act of art but nothing compares to the completed project: ornate scenes where the artist himself disappears into the background. Each work questions the idea of visibility. …

Veuve Clicquot Champagne Extra Brut Extra Old

A new cuvée made entirely from vintage reserve wines

From the elegant packaging to the silky sips sparkling post-pour, Veuve Clicquot’s forthcoming Extra Brut Extra Old champagne embodies the best of brand’s capabilities. This is a wondrous, well-priced premium cuvée and the result of internal invention. Cellar Master Dominique Demarville developed Extra Brut Extra Old, blending reserve wines drawn from 1988, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. A composition of 47% Pinot Noir, 27% …

Moët Hennessy Launches Online Retail Site, Clos19

Champagne, wine and spirits just a few clicks away

It’s been quite the digitally savvy year for LVMH. Only a few months ago they debuted 24 Sèvres, the internet sibling to their iconic brick-and-mortar destination Le Bon Marché. Now, another pillar of the chic conglomerate has an online home. Clos19, just launched in the US, brings together the organization’s prestigious portfolio of champagne, wine and spirits. It’s powered by Thirstie—the e-commerce service behind the …

The Treasures Within Perrier-Jouët’s Maison Belle Epoque

Inside the largest private collection of French Art Nouveau in all Europe

While the sight of toiling nomadic harvesters plucking stems of robust Pinot Meunier grapes in the autumn sun may be an eternal Champagne landscape, newly refurbished interiors of the 200-year-old Maison Perrier-Jouët in Epernay blend its reserve of Belle Epoque treasures with a trove of installations by 21st Century artists. The former is, in fact, the largest private collection of French Art Nouveau in all …