champagne-around-the-world

Champagne around the world

Sep 23, 2020 • 6 mins

Portugal

Quinta Da Côrte, Douro

Architect and interior designer, Pierre Yovanovitch, has been instrumental in giving this prestigious wine estate in the Upper Douro valley a new lease of life. Under the initiative of Philippe Austruy, owner of the Commanderie de Peyrassol, Quinta da Côrte has now been transformed into the quintessence of contemporary elegance with its unique pieces of furniture and eye-catching works of art. The cellar has become an architectural masterpiece in itself whilst the Casa, the charming twelve-bedroom guest house, has been restored to its former glory with authentic ‘Azulejo’ ceramic tiles, schist stones, solid wood and original lava stone objects. Portuguese traditions with a contemporary twist! 

Tasteful choices…

Although known for its red wines, the estate also has an excellent reputation for its Ports which are made from Portuguese varietals such as Touriga Franca, Tinta Cao, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. The 2015 Vintage, of which just 3,800 bottles were produced, is one of the most outstanding of the decade and displays intense notes of blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry, cocoa, tobacco, pepper and cardamom. For lovers of sparkling wines, the wine list also includes champagnes from Comte de Dampierre.

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France

La Chassagnette, Camargue

Plant life abounds at La Chassagnette, in the surroundings as well as in the dishes served in the gastronomic restaurant. Under the intuitive eye of Michelin-starred chef, Armand Arnal, the restaurant sources its fresh, seasonal produce from its own two-hectare vegetable garden planted in the salty, clay soils of the Camargue. La Chassagnette takes you off the beaten track and has become an aesthetic experience in its own right featuring decorative pieces such as a unique wrought wooden screen by Zoé Ouvrier and masks by Adel Abdessemed, from Maja Hoffmann’s private collection. The menu takes the form of a diary reflecting the importance of seasonal produce in a creative cuisine focusing on wild and raw plants and vegetables. An art unto itself!

Tasteful choices…

Armand Arnal loves nothing more than a wine tasting and frequently works with champagne houses such as Jacquesson, Fleury, Krug and Drappier to organise champagne tasting dinners. Plants and vegetables are given pride of place in his cuisine, with the relationship between bitterness and acidity playing a key role. His dishes are paired with champagnes such as Jacquesson Avize Grand Cru 2000, Fleury Sonate n°9 Opus 10 and even the cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé 2006 from Billecart Salmon.

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Californie

NoMad, Los Angeles

The former premises of the Bank of Italy, a historical landmark in downtown Los Angeles, more commonly known as Giannini Place (1923), were recently transformed into a 241-bedroom hotel. With its neo-classical decor, the NoMad L.A. has brought 1920’s Hollywood glamour back with the help of interior architect Jacques Garcia. The interior features deep blue and gold coffered ceilings, classical columns, green velvet and floral upholstered armchairs created by Matthew Williamson and a very fine black and white marble floor. The stage is set and ready for a Hollywood movie!

Tasteful choices…

The team at the Giannini Bar was trained by no other than Leo Robitschek, the bartender who won the prestigious James Beard Award and helped the bar at the New York NoMad to become the 3rd best bar in the world. The cocktails are about as good as they get and include the Sippy Cup, a mix of amaro, vermouth, ginger, lime and sparkling water, and the Fiery Hot Lips, a combination of tequila infused with green chilli, mezcal, pineapple, lemon and vanilla. The champagne list includes Billecart-Salmon Extra-Brut and a Premier Cru Brut Rosé from Gaston Chiquet.

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Australie

Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula

Located in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula vineyards in the South of Melbourne, Jackalope truly is a sight to behold. This designer hotel certainly looks like no other with its bold architecture, numerous artistic references and urban, theatrical style that juxtaposes with its natural surroundings. At the entrance, a 7- metre high sculpture of a rabbit (jackalope), created by Emily Floyd, sets the tone as soon as you arrive. Fashion designer Rick Owens’ artwork, ‘Stag Bench’, with its white moose antlers, takes pride of place in the bar area next to a Rolf Sachs lighting installation, composed of beakers and other chemical recipients. The agate face bust sculptures created by Andrew Hazewinkel also add an enigmatic touch. The Jackalope: where luxury hotel meets art gallery!

Tasteful choices…

The gastronomic restaurant’s wine list does not fail to impress with its selection of champagnes from family-run champagne houses. Choose from an André Beaufort 1990 or a bottle of Blanc de Noirs V.V. from Egly Ouriet, a Blanc d’Argile from Vouette & Sorbee or L’Amateur Blanc de Blancs from David Leclapart. If you prefer a rosé champagne then you can always treat yourself to a bottle of Jacques Lassalle Rosé.

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Tokyo

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Located just a stone’s throw from the Imperial Palace, the exterior of the Hoshinoya Tokyo is swathed in a metallic black mesh that has been designed to resemble the pattern of a traditional kimono. This luxury establishment, designed by Rie Azuma, promises guests a unique experience as well as an insight into traditional Japanese culture and traditions. Hoshinoya Tokyo is the 21st century’s first urban ryokan (traditional dwelling). From the little Japanese garden at the entrance of the hotel to the traditional ryokan flooring, your senses will be awakened as soon as you set foot inside the Hoshinoya. This bijou hotel offers pure, clean lines and the finest in Japanese craftsmanship with traditional origami and lacquerware reflected in the interior design.

Tasteful choices…

In the lounge areas and gastronomic restaurant, guests often prefer to drink Japanese tea and sake. But the Japanese taste for luxury and high-quality products ensures that champagne also has pride of place on the wine list. Here, you can treat yourself to a bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, a Krug Grande Cuvée or a Dom Pérignon P2. It doesn’t get much better than this!