Château Angélus upstaged longtime James Bond official drinks Heineken and Bollinger in No Time to Die. The Bordeaux wine featured more prominently than any other bottle in the new film, which hit theaters in the UK yesterday.
Bollinger has been the official Champagne of the Bond franchise for more than 40 years, while Heineken has been a partner since Tomorrow Never Dies hit theaters in 1997, nonetheless, it was the Saint-Emilion wine grabbing the spotlight.
Early in the flick, Bond shows up at Q’s house, just as he is preparing dinner. On the table sits a bottle of Château Angélus, which the secret agent eyes and then pours himself a large glass. The wine gets more screen time than any other bottle. Heineken and Bollinger both make appearances, just not at the same level.
This isn’t the first time Château Angélus has appeared in a Bond film. Previously, a bottle of the château’s 82 vintage appeared in 2006’s Casino Royale, when Vesper Lynd and James share a bottle on a train to Montenegro.
Hubert de Boüard, owner of the Saint-Emilion winery, allegedly paid for the inaugural placement in bottles and money. He is also apparently friends with the Broccoli family who produce the Bond films. Meanwhile, de Boüard – along with Philippe Castéja of Château Trotte Vieille – stands accused of rigging the Saint-Emilion classification system.
For more information on the film, head over to the official website.
Earlier this month, Champagne Bollinger released a limited edition, James Bond-themed Cuvée called 007 to celebrate the release of No Time To Die. The limited edition Cuvée 007 marries three enticing elements in its packaging, the Aston Martin DB5, a silhouette of Bond, and, of course, the Champagne.