What better way to toast the Oscars than with a special bottle of the award ceremony’s official bubbly?
French Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck, the official Champagne of the Academy Awards, unveiled its super exclusive ”Red Carpet Ready” limited edition magnum bottle on Monday during the Oscars Nominee Luncheon. Nominated stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Eddie Redmayne and Matt Damon were treated to a sneak preview of what they’ll be drinking come Oscar Sunday at this year’s 88th ceremony as well as at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars celebration, at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 28.
The Cuvee Brut magnum was designed by the 230 year-old French House specifically for the occasion with the word “Oscars” and the number “88” forming a golden “tiara” wrapped by hand around each bottle. The label is a perfect fit for the Cuvée Brut: a classic, structured, full-bodied Champagne with wonderful balance. The blend is mainly Pinot Noir grapes, incorporating more than 100 crus from the Champagne region in France. A clear, golden Champagne, Cuvee Brut’s delicate, fine bubbles result from an extended maturation. A juicy, fleshy pear and golden grape texture, the wine’s finish narrows to citrus and grapefruit flavors.
Only 1000 bottles of the limited edition bubbly have been produced, so savor the sips while (and if) you can.
While the Piper-Heidsieck/Oscars relationship only began last year, the brand has a long and storied history of supporting Hollywood and its elite dating back from the 1930s. In 1964, the House created a tailor-made 48-liter bottle to celebrate Rex Harrison’s Oscar for his role in My Fair Lady. In order to support the enrichment and preservation of film heritage, the brand works with the French Cinémathèque and the American Cinémathèque. It has also been the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than 20 years.