Special Cuvées, Enjoyed in Exclusive Settings
Finally, any luxurious getaway to Champagne should involve tasting some exceptional special cuvées, or vintages, from some of the region’s most prestigious houses. We can arrange for you to taste incredible, rare, and expensive sparkling wines in VIP, private settings not generally open to the general public.
And if you’re planning an engagement party, destination French wedding, high-stakes business meeting, anniversary, or any other special event that might feature the world’s finest and most-expensive champagnes, we can plan an occasion that will be both extraordinary and unforgettable.
Founded in 1584, Gosset is Champagne’s oldest wine producer, and its sparkling wines are synonymous with excellence and prestige. Sixteen generations of Gosset family members produced fine wines and champagnes before the house was taken over by Cointreau in the late 20th century. Since then, the house has produced some truly extraordinary vintage cuvées under the “CELEBRIS” label, aged for a minimum of 10 years in Gosset’s cellars.
Enjoy the house’s finest cuvées from antique flasks identical to the ones made in the 18th century, when Gosset champagne was first conceived. Private, VIP tastings in the house’s historic Epernay-based cellars– some 16 meters underground– are a possibility. And of course, these lauded vintage makes an excellent and festive choice for a holiday-themed celebration, wedding or other prestigious occasion.
As mentioned earlier in this article, this creme de la creme among French champagne houses has maintained its prestigious reputation through uncompromising quality and an independent approach. In addition to its Cuvée Prestige champagnes, lauded for their fine, elegant bubbles, crisp, fruity notes and balanced acidity, why not taste exceptional vintages such as the Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs, produced from the very best vines of the Cote des Blancs appellation?
These remarkable vintages present with a pale yellow body and delicate bubbles that form a light foam at the surface. They are very sought-after by discerning wine tasters and gourmets. We can help arrange for a fascinating private tour of the prestigious house and its Champagne-based cellars, or build a festive event that features one of these spectacular sparkling wines, from gastronomic dinners in a magnificent chateau to elegant receptions, whether for an anniversary, corporate getaway or festive Christmas party.
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This family-owned winery located in the Champenois town of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is a more confidential producer of extraordinary champagnes, known for their reliance on ancestral, nature-focused practices and uncompromising quality. One of the few champagne houses to remain truly independent from larger producers, Billecart-Salmon’s sparkling wines are prized by collectors due to their remarkably distinctive flavors and relative rarity.
The house was established in 1818 and has a noble history that makes it the perfect choice for a private tasting or prestigious occasion in France, including during the holiday season or to celebrate the New Year. The house counts some truly outstanding and rare cuvées that gourmets and luxury-lovers should experience. In 1999, the Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart 1959 was named “Champagne of the Millennium” by an independent body of blind taste-testers in Stockholm. Meanwhile, exceptional vintages such as the Cuvée Nicolas Francois Brut Millésime 2002 (named after the house’s founder) and Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé Millésime 2007 (named after the co-founder) make the perfect complement to a gastronomic French dinner or luxurious reception.
Nestled in Epernay, Pol Roger is another champagne house that knowledgeable and discerning wine collectors turn to in search of something extraordinary. Associated with great wealth and royalty– this house’s champagnes have recently been served at the wedding reception of Prince Harry of England and Meghan Markle — its sparkling wines make the ideal addition to a private event or festive, luxury-filled occasion.
With a history stretching back 160 years, Pol Roger is family-owned and has been run by descendents of the eponymous founder for several generations. The house produces some 110,000 cases of champagne each year, but its most-prized cuvée– the Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill— is named after Pol Roger’s most-famous fan and British statesman. This is a robust, full-bodied and mature champagne composed exclusively from grapes sourced from Grands Crus Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards that already existed during Churchill’s time. Its elegance and maturity will be appreciated by guests at a reception or festive event, served– bien sur– against a backdrop of pure luxury and prestige.
This world-renowned champagne house is so famous that its prestigious sparkling wines are simply referred to by luxury aficionados as “Bolly”. The house was founded in the Champenois town of Aÿ by Hennequin de Villermont, Paul Renaudin and Jacques Bollinger in 1829, and has since become a champagne of choice for celebrities, wealthy wine collectors and royal occasions (especially in the UK). Its global renown has not prevented the house from remaining family-owned and dedicated to maintaining its standards of exceptional quality, which perhaps explains why discerning wine fans continue to seek out the finest “Bolly” vintages.
If you’re interested in experiencing the house’s most prestigious and sought-after cuvées, our luxury travel planners can arrange a VIP, private tasting at Bollinger’s Galerie 1829 showroom in Aÿ during your high-end exploration of Champagne. Vintages such as the Blanc de Noir Champagne – Vieilles Vignes Francaises are among the world’s most-expensive sparkling wines, with only around 250 cases produced annually from rare, ungrafted wines. Concentrated and intense, these champagnes are truly exclusive. Centering a special occasion or gourmet holiday celebration around the house’s finest cuvées is certainly one way to make your event extraordinary and unforgettable.
The house likely to be cited by your average champagne drinker as France’s most-prestigious winemaker is nonetheless behind some truly un-average, extraordinary champagnes– ones any discerning collector would be interested in adding to their portfolio. In fact, one reason why the house’s sparkling wines are so lauded by celebrities and wealthy collectors is that it only produces vintages. Each cuvée is unique and worth tasting, but some, of course, are genuinely exceptional specimens.
Since Dom Perignon’s cellars in Epernay are not open to the general public can only be visited by private arrangement, why not include a VIP tasting session on your whirl through the region? We can coordinate some truly exceptional encounters with the house’s sommeliers, who will initiate you to vintages such as Dom Perignon 2000, appreciated for its balanced fruit and acidity, distinctive aromas and lingering finish. And of course, any high-end occasion, celebration or event will be given an aura of genuine prestige when it includes a noble vintage from this house.
The astounding, tall chalk quarries where Ruinart’s cellars are situated make an exceptional setting for a VIP tasting of the house’s equally remarkable vintages and rare cuvées. Established by a monk of the same name in 1729, Ruinart was the first winery in Champagne to make sparkling wine; it remains a symbol of impeccable quality and high prestige.
While all of its champagnes are outstanding, certain cuvées and vintages are particularly prized by wine lovers for their rarety, distinctive, mature aromas and, of course, expensiveness. These include the house’s Blancs de Blancs Brut, an exclusive, rare cuvée from 2000 made from Chardonnay grapes, all sourced from grand cru vineyards. The superb bottle adds a prestigious touch to any table or event: it alludes to the house’s 18th-century packaging and features a conceptual “cage” in metal from the famous French silversmith Christofle. Why not consider making this extraordinary champagne a centerpiece of your next high-luxury themed evening or special occasion in France?
Last but most certainly not least, any luxury tour or prestigious occasion in Champagne will be complemented by the finest cuvées and special edition vintages from Veuve Clicquot, another house that’s practically synonymous with extravagance and elegance. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot and made famous by his widow, Madame or “Veuve” Clicquot, the Reims-based producer is one of the world’s largest. This doesn’t mean, however, that they lack exceptional and rare cuvées to taste. One of its vintages, found at the bottom of a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea and over 200 years old, once sold at auction for an incredible $30,000!
Whether enjoying a private tasting within their cellars in Reims, or featuring one of their prized cuvées at a French wedding reception or exclusive soirée in a Champagne castle, this noble producer adds more than a touch of prestige and elegance to any occasion.