On site was Herve Deschamps, Chief Winemaker at Perrier-Jouët, who had flown over from France specially for the event. After an introduction by Eric Buterbaugh Florals co-founder Fabrice Croise—who toasted the celebratory union of flower power and supreme elegance—Deschamps took the intimate crowd of 20 VIPs and tastemakers through a menu that he had paired specially with specific vintages.
An amuse bouche of Kumamoto oyster, served on a bed of dry ice, was served with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, while seared scallops with celery root and pomegranate was served with Perrier-Jouët Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004. An entree of wild salmon was paired with a 2006 Belle Epoque vintage, while a frozen raspberry pavlova was paired with Belle Epoque Rose 2006.
Eric Buterbaugh Florals had an activation on site where guests could sample the company’s new range of fragrances, which are sold at Buterbaugh’s Beverly Hills boutique.
Guests at the soiree included developer James Curnin, designer Crime by Design, Europa Corp.’s Candice McDonough, Larisa Hodzic, Jay Bajaj, Jennier Klein, Thania Peck, Perrier-Jouët brand ambassador Julie Lions, actress Sarah Lind, Erica Pelosini, Melinda Fleming, Nicole Snyder, Paola Alberdi, Farah Al Raajan,Haute Living Executive Editor Laura Schreffler and Director of Sales Frank Morales.
The Cuvée Belle Epoque Vintage 2007 is a joint creation by Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps and the mischer’traxler design duo. The creation recalls a garden blooming with white Japanese anemones. As the flowers spread their iridescent petals, butterflies and dragonflies flutter around them, adorning them with a necklace of light. The label has disappeared—only the white foil remains—making this bottle a true piece of contemporary art.
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