At Perrier-Jouët we aim to infuse beauty into daily life – says Perrier-Jouët’s style director Axelle de Buffevent while admiring the delicate perlage of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs from the crystal surface of her champagne glass.
Probably Miss de Buffevent is used to treat her taste buds with this amber-like delight quite often, yet today every sip has a special meaning as it celebrates the reopening of Maison Belle Époque, Perrier-Jouët’s historical house in the Champagne region, which has been closed for the past two years for renovation. Among the many Champagne labels, Perrier-Jouët is certainly the most connected to the arts and nature. Since amateur and collector Henri Galice commissioned Émile Gallé, leader of the Art Nouveau movement, to design 4 magnums bottles of Perrier-Jouët, the Maison started to be associated with the art and design world, attracting revelant cultural personalities such as Oscar Wilde and Duke Ellington. With its iconic floral motif and the Art Nouveau style at the core of its identity, Perrier-Jouët evokes an ideal of opulence made of precious and unique objects, treasures found in nature, magic visions and sounds such as the pristine laugh of a forest nymph dancing barefoot in a 19th century cocktail dress. The Maison Belle Époque perfectly embodies this shimmering universe, and adds to the fantasy solid elements of reality that convey the heritage of Perrier-Jouët’s family, its refined taste for art and design and its passion for Champagne making. The house features one of the largest collection of Art Nouveau pieces in Europe, including paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, designs by Hector Guimard – who designed the Paris Metro stations, works by Emile Gallé and the sculptor Auguste Rodin, as well as installations by contemporary artists of the like of Ritsue Mishima and Daniel Arsham. Each room is decorated with rare pieces of furniture and elaborate textiles, yet there is no trace of the cold museum feelings that one might experience when visiting historical houses. Everything seems to be there for being lived with, touched and used, and not just observed from a distance.
In occasion of the re-opening, Maison Perrier-Jouët guided its guests through a visit of the renowned cellars, while hosting a cocktail in the house’s fairy tale-like garden where Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal designed a menu to enhance and complement the unique flavors of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs and Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque.