Breakfast at Harvey Nichols with Perrier-Jouet:
OK, so it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But, you know the invitation sounded pretty good to me. And, there are times when pictures speak louder than words – this is what I walked into:
A few weeks ago I went to an exquisite exhibition of embroideries by Claire Coles. She had been working with Perrier-Jouet to design beautiful gift bottles and bags. And now the Fifth Floor bar at Harvey Nichols has been redesigned, taking as its inspiration Emile Gallé’s iconic 1902 anemone design for the Cuvée Belle Époque Champagne bottle, and then decorated by renowned floral Japanese artist, Makoto Azuma to reflect the artistry of the the champagne itself and its bottle design. White Japanese anenomes are the flowers used on the bottle itself, but the arrangements go further by attempting to reflect the qualities of the champagne itself and the sensation it gives in your mouth. I love the fusion of art, food and fashion that epitomises the belle epoque and continues to be reflected in the Perrier-Jouet Champagne house.
All of this activity celebrates the Limited Edition Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque Florale Edition champagne, 2004 vintage.
At the launch event we were treated to a specially designed canape menu to showcase the delicate notes in the Belle Epoque champagne.
We started with a chive and pansy dressed crab croustade, a very light morsel of food and then went on to try Hibiscus marinated salmon on a dark rye bread. Next, poilane melba, with viola and almond and truffle crumble and finally tea and lavender smoked duck breast. Now, I am increasingly fascinated by the way that different foods can bring out different notes in wines and champagnes. I think my favourite pairing was of the champagne with the almond and truffle crumble. But, what I really enjoyed about this experience was discovering how this exceptionally delicate champagne worked so well with each of the tastes, from the light crab croustade to the really quite deep and smokey duck breast.
And of course the champagne itself.
It is light and floral, but quite dry. Very, very easy to drink.
Harvey Nichols have a rather beautiful gift pack bottle available for £195. It would make the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. And, if you need to make sure you know what you are buying…well, the Fifth Floor bar are serving the Florale menu with a glass of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque champagne at £85 for two people until 16th December. A perfect way to celebrate finishing your Christmas shopping or just to treat yourself because you still have it all to come.
So, indulge yourself. If you have no one who you would like to take with you – I’m available.
The floral inspired canape and Belle Epoque package is available from now until 16th December.
Harvey Nichols 5th Floor Champagne Bar
109 – 125 Knightsbridge