Formula One has inked a deal with Champagne Carbon as its official supplier for podium finishers to pop the cork and shower the crowd below with bubbly. Alternatively, they can choose to drink it from a shoe. More than just its bold pricing and scarce availability, however, is its audacious bottle design. Each bottle of Champagne Carbon is wrapped in carbon cloth, a process that took four years to develop, requiring a master craftsman a full week done in over 20 steps to complete.
But Champagne Carbon is not the only champagne house that has gone to great lengths to ensure that you don’t relegate the empty bottle to the recycle bin. Below are nine others.
Designed by Cimon Art and embellished with Swarovski crystals, Perrier-Jouët is known for releasing these highly limited editions for charitable causes from time to time.
Hoping to spread the sacred rituals of champagne sipping, G.H. Mumm produced a series of protocol campaign comprising digital ads, smartphone apps and dos and don’ts to educate the public. Accompanied it was a Cordon Rouge cuvée cloaked in an elegant Le Protocoles bag.
Champagne Armand de Brignac
The brand popularised by rappers and the rich kids of Instagram, Jay-Z has a stake in the bubbly maker and its iconic gold bottle has made appearances in music videos. If gold is too vulgar, more marginally understated silver and pink bottles are available.
Frank Gehry will be proud. Even his crumpled buildings pale in comparison with some machine gun and fire extinguisher bottles from Zarb’s designer collection. Zarb is a French slang term for bizarre.
Piper-Heidsieck Jean-Paul Gaultier
Piper-Heidsieck has collaborated with Viktor & Rolf for a dimension-shifting presentation that features a bottle placed upside down or the printer went haywire, whichever way you look. For the Jean-Paul Gaultier edition, the bottle is clad in fishnet.
Jerome Olivet puts his imagination to work as bottles take on the sensual lines of a decanter and moulded into futuristic shapes.
Louis Roederer Cristal Gold Medalion
The limited-edition Medalion is designed by Philippe di Meo. Creeping around the bottle is an intricate gold latticework made of 24k gold.
Dom Perignon White Gold
Numbered and in plated white gold, the Vintage 1995 White Gold Jeroboam is one of the most expensive Jeroboam.
Goût de Diamants, Taste of Diamonds
Alexander Amosu was commissioned to create the one-of-a-kind bottle. At the heart is a diamond-shaped pewter that contains a 19ct diamond. The more accessible range uses a Swarovski crystal in place of the diamond.