Maison Belle Epoque is the living symbol of Perrier-Jouët. The regal art-déco manor, immersed in the lush green surroundings of Epernay, in the champagne region, has been in the family almost since the beginning of Maison Perrier-Jouët; a story that started in 1811 with the marriage of Pierre-Nicolas Perrier and Rose-Adélaïde Jouët.
The entire family is known for their passion for nature, art and champagne, so no wonder within the walls of the Maison Belle Epoque you can find the largest collection of French Art Nouveau in Europe. More than 200 exhibits are kept there. Among other works there are pieces of Majorelle and Lalique, a cramic plaque by Toulouse-Lautrec with a portrait of Yvette Guilbert and the only non-Art Nouveau piece in the collection: August Rodin’s bronze sculpture L’Eternal Printemps, that has been given to the Maison Perrier-Jouët by its employees to celebrate the 100thanniversary.
I had the great honor to be invited to the magnificent Maison Belle Epoque for a stunning tour of the house and the champagne cellars, a sublime champagne tasting and a mouth-watering dinner party. En route to Epernay we made a quick stop for a little stroll through the vineyards and enjoyed the breathtaking sight of endless grapevines! We then continued our way through little villages till we arrived in front of the majestic iron gates of Maison Belle Epoque.
The building is a living statement of its artistic era. Spectacular lamps, elaborate chandeliers and stained glass windows designed by the legendary Art Nouveau pioneer Émile Gallé, mirrors and wood paneled walls with intricate carvings and marquetry paired with the associated furnishings scream of Art Nouveau. By the way – it was also Émile Gallé who designed the legendary bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque with the magnificent Japanese Anemones in 1902.
I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears when I discovered that there were more than 10km(!) of cellars underneath the Maison Belle Epoque. In this subterranean treasure chamber the precious bottles are prepared and stored and selected Perrier-Jouët champagne tastings held. And – you guessed correctly – even underneath the earth Maison Belle Epoque keeps beautiful exhibits!
It really was a unique and exciting journey to the roots of champagne tradition and the beautiful Maison Belle Epoque. From now on tasting nature, art and savoir faire in a glass of Perrier-Jouët will always bring up beautiful memories!