Cheers That Only Angels Indulge In…
As the New Year approaches, the elegant and luxurious are planning the launch of a spectacular evening filled with fabulous parties, good conversation, all adorned with fine luxury goods. Even if you’re taking it easy and relaxing at home with your loved ones, you’re likely to watch the glitz, glamour and celebration on a T.V screen. No matter what your plans are, they’re not complete without an incredibly delicious and extravagant glass of champagne to toast good tidings and well wishes into the New Year. So, where do you start? How about with the most expensive champagne in the world!
At $275,000 per bottle, the Heidsieck 1907 Shipwrecked cuvee is not only prized for its high quality, but also for its history. Almost a century ago, a ship carrying alcoholic beverages to the imperial court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, was seized by a German U-boat and never made it to its destination. The ship sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Finland and remained with its cargo, until it was discovered by a group of divers in 1998. Two hundred bottles of this champagne were recovered and sold. While the champagne can be purchased at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow, few are ever sold and eligible buyers must be members of selects groups or people of highly esteemed guests. The House of Heidsieck is one of the most prestigious brands in the world. Founded in 1785 by Florent-Louis Heidsieck, his wines and champagnes gained immediate recognition of Queen Marie-Antoinette. Over the years, Heidsieck has progressed to offering these expensive champagnes in luxurious adornments of renowned jewelers. Today, the brand is not just an enduring piece of belle epoch history, but also the official stamp of fine luxury.
Celebrating the New Year with one of these exorbitant pieces of history is as exclusive as it gets, but there are still a few other gems to look out for. The largest luxury Champagne bottle in existence: the “Midas,”created by Armand de Brignac, is a massive 30 liter vessel weighing 100 pounds. The bottle’s name comes from the Greek mythology of King Midas, who turned whatever he touched to gold. The first bottle of this new size was recently sold for $100,000 at the famous nightclub XS in Las Vegas’s Encore casino. Only a few sightings of these bottles are found each year and each one is sure to make the headlines! Other elegant champagnes includes the Clos Du Mesnil 1995, a preparation of the famous champagne house, Krug which is priced at $750, the Bollinger Blanc de Noirs Vieilles Vignes Francaises 1997, a rare champagne a fizz that made from the Pinot Noir grapes coming in at $400 and the Dom Perignon Rose, which costs around $350.
For centuries, champagne has been a symbol of glamour, class, luxury and wealth. The quality of this Godly nectar ranges by region, brand and craft. This season, share some of the most exclusive, world renowned glasses of bubbly with your loved ones and guests and enjoy a one of a kind experience!
By Kate Jarosinska