With the champagnes of Perrier-Jouët, the bottle housing the precious liquid is always every bit as special as what’s inside it. And that’s never been more true than with the latest limited-edition release of the venerable champagne producer’s much-loved Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Belle Epoque, which comes in a stunning bottle designed by renowned Japanese artist Ritsue Mishima.
The bottle is a spectacular work of art; surrounded by an irregular, twisting sculpture in a graceful corkscrew shape, its curvilinear, bubble-like forms evoke the beauty and the effervescence of the fine wine inside. The bottle comes adorned with Japanese anemones, here in white, green and gold, which represent Perrier-Jouët’s ongoing source of creative inspiration, the beautiful nature-inspired decorative arts movement.
The end-of-year, limited-edition bottle represents the third iteration of the partnership between Perrier-Jouët and Mishima, which first came to fruition in December 2015 with the art installation All’ombra della luce. Unveiled at global art event Design Miami/, it referenced maison Perrier-Jouët’s long association with art nouveau, depicting discs hanging in space made of clear glass that comes from Murano, the Venetian island that leads the world in decorative glassware and which has produced many of the greatest classics of the art nouveau era. The second collaboration combined aesthetics with practicality, in the form of a magnificent sculptural bowl of strikingly irregular proportions that can double as an ice bucket. The lines of Mishima’s new bottle directly evoke both her art and, in particular, her bowl.
Driven by her dedication to her art, Mishima has lived in Venice since 1989, where she creates her works alongside master craftsmen using a Murano furnace. Her work is a perfect fit for Perrier-Jouët; the champagne house’s links with, and inspiration from, nature run deep, as does its embrace and patronage of the arts. Since it was founded in 1811, Perrier-Jouët has consistently supported the creative world and showcased the work of artists; in recent times it has collaborated with the likes of Daniel Arsham, Makoto Azuma and Tord Boontje.
In particular it has a close longterm association with art nouveau, which emerged in Europe around the turn of the 20th century as a reaction to the formal academic art that had dominated during the previous century, replacing inspiration from classical civilisations with a new-found interest in the winding, flowing, curving forms of nature. One of its foremost figures, master glassmaker Émile Gallé, created the flowers that grace the Perrier-Jouët bottle.
But then, a special champagne deserves a special home. The new limited-edition Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Belle Epoque comes from the excellent 2004 vintage, and is a blanc de blancs, meaning it’s made entirely from chardonnay grapes. A fine expression of Perrier-Jouët’s signature style, it pairs well with caviar, crustaceans and other seafood.