Aristocrats, stars of sport, film and fashion, including Roger Federer and Kate Moss, attended a party to reopen Moët & Chandon’s exclusive hospitality venue.
Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man and CEO of LVMH, hosted the party to celebrate the reopening of Château de Saran earlier this year.
Roger Federer, Moët & Chandon’s brand ambassador, found time to attend ahead of the French Open tennis championship in Paris. He was joined by movie stars Natalie Portman and Uma Thurman, with fashion model Kate Moss also present.
Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno created a Moët-inspired menu for the event, while singer Freya Ridings gave a live set to the 150 guests.
The event also celebrated the 150th anniversary of its flagship Moët Imperial label. To mark the birthday, the Champagne house unveiled a limited edition bottle inscribed with a re-designed logo that highlights the ‘I’.
Imperial was so-called in homage to the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who became a close friend of the Moët house at the turn of the nineteenth century. That relationship was established and nurtured by Jean-Remy Moët, who was the grandson of the house’s founder. When Moët & Chandon launched and shipped its new, drier NV Champagne in 1869, it was christened Brut Imperial on the centenary of Napoleon’s birth.
British model Kate Moss is posing for photos by some topiary, while her compatriot, actor Douglas Booth, is in conversation His Imperial Highness Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon Bonaparte, a London-based financier and an heir of Napoléon Bonaparte.
Overlooking the vineyards of Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs, it was originally conceived as a hunting lodge. During the next 120 years, it was then extended and expanded, becoming the main residence of the Moët family from 1920 until 1952.
Since then it has been used as the principal venue for entertaining Moët & Chandon’s most glamorous guests. Royalty, politicians, movie stars and business moguls have stayed there. In 2014, it was closed for a five-year renovation by Paris-based Atelier Cos and the interior designer Yves de Marseille.
Its 11 bedroom suites have subsequently all been individually themed and decorated to honour a chapter in Moët & Chandon’s glamour-filled history, including the Roaring Twenties, Christian Dior and Hollywood. Should you be lucky enough to be invited to spend a night in the Louis XIV room or the Imperial suite, a truly unforgettable experience awaits.
The champagne flowed and flowed some more, not least after a trio of sommeliers climb ladders positioned next to the coupe pyramids, that sent the Moét Imperial cascading in tiered torrents.
Then the house lights were lowered and guests instructed to look toward the transparent wall, to where Chateau de Saran glows, white and alone, on its hilltop, and a spectacular fireworks display suddenly erupted from the vineyards beneath it.
To an epic classical music score, fireworks light up the night sky, exploding in candles, spinning in spirals, bursting into stars. Changing from pale gold to blush pink, the colours of Moët Imperial and Rosé Imperial.