Back in October, we reported that a bottle of 1874 Perrier Jouët was head to auction where it was expected to fetch $13,500-20,500. As it turns out, that bottle of 1874 Perrier Jouët smashed estimates at Christie’s “Finest and Rarest Wines & Spirits” auction in London, selling for £42,875 ($57,312 USD). It also set new auction record for a bottle of Champagne sold there.
For the auction, the Champagne house opened the doors of its Oenothèque to release unique selection for the Christie’s “Finest and Rarest Wines Spirits” auction. Maison Perrier Jouët and Christie’s are currently in the midst of a two-year collaboration.
All the Perrier Jouët lots on offer reached notable prices, exceeding the estimates and the trends for the champagne market.
“I am very proud to see how Maison Perrier-Jouët’s unique wine legacy has been recognised and celebrated by wine lovers at Christie’s,” said said Séverine Frerson, Maison Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master. “I am looking forward to meeting the buyer of the Perrier-Jouët 1874 vintage in Epernay, France, where they will have the opportunity to continue this remarkable experience at the Maison Belle Epoque, the historic home of our founders.”
Tim Triptree MW, International Director, Christie’s Wine & Spirits Department, added, “Christie’s are delighted with the sale of Historic Vintages direct from Maison Perrier-Jouët with all of the lots selling. In the London sale we experienced competitive bidding resulting in impressive prices – particularly for the bottle of 1874 and magnums of 1979 Belle Époque, which doubled their high estimates. The whole collection performed above expectations, which is testament to the high reputation of the Maison and the demand for finest and rarest vintages of Champagne with perfect provenance.”
Back in 1888, the Perrier Jouët 1874 set a record at Christie’s and became the most expensive champagne sold at auction at the time.
For more information, head over to Perrier Jouët’s official website.