Champagne Louis Roederer launched its latest vintage alongside a specially commissioned piece of art inspired by the brand’s prestige cuvée, Cristal, at the Sky Lounge at Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London. Established in 1776, Champagne Louis Roederer is one of the few remaining family-owned Grandes Marques Champagne houses – a rarity in the world of champagne! Yet while the Roederer name is a by-word for unassuming excellence, its link with Cristal is perhaps less obvious. Originally created for Czar Alexander II, Cristal’s design was conceived so that its fine bubbles and golden liquid could be admired through the clear glass flat-bottomed bottles in which it was served to the nobles in Russian court. The gold label and the clear lead crystal bottle soon became synonymous with unsurpassed excellence.
Now under the stewardship of Frédéric Rouzaud, the seventh generation of the Roederer family, Cristal’s production continues to be limited to only certain, exceptional years. The latest vintage is the brilliant, sun-drenched Cristal 2009. Fruit-driven and approachable upon release, the vintage demonstrates all the hallmarks of Roederer excellence and finesse as well as the ephemeral complexity of the highly-prized Cristal terroir.
The House celebrated its release with a specially commissioned interactive light sculpture by London-based artist, Aphra Shemza. The piece, pictured above, is entitled Heart Beats of Cristal and takes inspiration from the bright personality of Cristal and its lively bubbles of pale gold and amber lights. The repetition of spheres and LED lights comes to life when a viewer is present, casting a gentle movement to emulate an exquisite ‘‘dance in a glass.’’
This extraordinary light sculpture was unveiled in the new Sky Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard, London, which features a 3m high Wine Wall offering the largest selection of Louis Roederer Champagnes in the UK, including curated champagne tasting flights and champagnes by the glass. The artwork will be on display in the Sky Lounge until the end of January 2017.
For more information about Champagne Louis Roederer, go to www.louis-roederer.com.