In 2018, Champagne Carbon and Bugatti officially announced their collaboration, united by this persistent pursuit of perfection. The partnership has resulted in luxurious bottles of champagne that celebrate Bugatti’s most iconic cars.
Created in 2011 by Alexandre Mea, the heir in the fifth generation to the Devavry family, who set up their viniculture in Champillon in 1920, Champagne Carbon uses only the finest fruits from Grand Cru and Premier Cru regions. The growth of these grapes is carefully monitored by Alexandre. There is only a small window during harvesting season in which the grapes can be collected, and selected for their size, fulness and color. To be closer to the product, Alexandre Mea even built his house on the vineyard.
Champagne Carbon is held in traditional oak barrels that are turned, cleaned and delicately refilled each day to account for evaporation. These barrels deliver a core structure to the wine as it draws flavor out of the wood. After months in the oak barrel, the wine is transferred to a bottle where it will age for at least 6 years in the Carbon cellar.
The Champagne Carbon for Bugatti Collection includes only “vintage” wines, i.e. those wines that spend a minimum of 3 years in the cellar according to the Protected Appellation. The champagne must be light and elegant, with soft bubbles and a richness of taste that is only possible with an ageing from at least 10 to 20 years. The vintages are filled into an intricately crafted bottle. A carbon fiber wrap, constructed over the course of 37 complex stages, is applied to the bottle and is available in a range of different finishes.
Champagne Carbon’s first product for Bugatti was the ƎB.01 which celebrated the 110th anniversary of Bugatti with a 2002 vintage made from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The following year, the ƎB.02 was revealed. Created to celebrate the first anniversary of Chiron Super Sport 300+1 becoming the first production car to break the 300mph barrier, this 2006 vintage Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru features notes of grilled bread and almonds. It’s stored within a black carbon fiber wrap, highlighted with accents of orange, just like the record-breaking car.
In 2021, the world witnessed the introduction of La Bouteille Noire. The 15-liter bottle of 2000 vintage, a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, was encased within a unique hand-crafted carbon fiber sculptural representation of Bugatti’s haute couture creation: La Voiture Noire2. The case opens and closes at the push of a stainless-steel button. The doors are trimmed with a piece of laser-cut aluminum, mimicking the central fin of the Type 57 SC Atlantic. As the doors gently unfold, another automatic system releases the neck of the bottle, which is secured while closed.
This year, the ƎB.03 was created. It is inspired by the Bugatti Bolide and features a dual-tone exterior of both blue and black carbon fiber. The Bolide’s striking ‘X’ design motif, which dominates the front and rear of the car, is hallmarked on both the right and left sides of the ƎB.03 bottle. The bottle contains the vintage 2013 Blanc de Blancs.
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