Limited Edition Packaging by Artist Claire Coles
"In true romantic fashion, Belle Epoque is a marriage of the very best that Champagne can produce: wines from Cramant, Avize, Ay, Mailly and Verzenay, the region's most highly-rated vineyards. One half of the blend is Chardonnay of surpassing finesse and delicacy. The other half is Pinot Noir of noble richness and complexity. The blend of these wines yields a Champagne of ravishing fragrance and style, offered in the famous "Flower Bottle". The combination of wonderful Champagne and a beautiful package make Fleur the perfect partner to your most romantic encounters."
The PJ Belle Epoque set is among the most tasteful and recognizable gifts in the world of wine. The Set includes one bottle of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne and two glasses, all beautifully gift-boxed. This famous "flower bottle" was formerly known as Fleur de Champagne in the US.
The latest artist to join the Perrier-Jouët stable is Londoner Claire Coles, whose work is normally seen on textiles and wallpapers as well as individual artworks. For the Perrier-Jouët project she created a bespoke embroidered design, employing fragments of vintage wallpapers, fabrics and luxurious threads. Using nature as a source of inspiration, the artist applied her own interpretation of Perrier-Jouët's Art Nouveau philosophy with a 'Je ne sais quoi' touch of haute-couture.
The artist herself explains that she was "inspired by Perrier-Jouët’s artistic heritage," which dates back to the Belle Époque era in France.
Coles has previously completed designs for Liberty of London, Penguin Publishing, Anthropologie, Paul Smith and Missoni. Working from her Notting Hill showroom, she designs and produces embroidered wallpapers for both private and commercial clients. It's the only second time in the company's history that Perrier-Jouët has issued a reworking of the original 1902 Belle Époque bottle with its distinctive swirl of white Japanese anemones.
"(This is the actual name for what is commonly known as the Fleur de Champagne bottling, referred to by many as the flower bottle): Light, bright gold. Spicy citrus and pit fruits on the nose, complicated by ginger, toasted grain and a touch of honey. A sappy, somewhat hefty Champagne whose juicy pear, peach and candied orange flavors are lifted by gentle acidity. The pear and orange notes repeat on the nicely persistent, toasty finish. " -Rated 91, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar