Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: Champagne Dreams

  • Sheila J. Gibson

True romantics everywhere will swoon over Perrier-Jouët’s romp through France and Italy. Following a Concorde flight from New York to Paris, you and your beloved will sip chilled Perrier-Jouët 1993 Champagne Blanc de Blancs as a limousine takes you on a half-hour ride to the town of Condecourt. There you will spend a week at the Château de Villette, a magnificent and historic 1696 château created for Louis XIV’s ambassador to Venice and situated on 185 serene and scenic acres. It features a large octagonal white-and-blue salon, a grand stone entry hall, 11 bedrooms and 11 full bathrooms, gardens flanked by two rectangular lakes, and a delightful cascading fountain.

On your first night at the château, you and your companion can indulge in private, in-room, side-by-side Champagne spa treatments followed by a sumptuous dinner paired with Perrier-Jouët. On the second day, five of your favorite couples will fly in from New York on the Concorde to join you.

The rest of the week can be spent playing golf and tennis, swimming, horseback riding, biking, and hiking, as well as making day trips to Paris, visit-ing Monet’s garden at Giverny, and taking a private tour of Versailles. The stay culminates in a grand masquerade ball for 60—the additional 50 guests representing the cream of Paris society—and a delectable feast paired with select Perrier-Jouët vintages.

After the final moonlit dance, you bid your guests farewell (the five couples will return home on the Concorde),  and depart via private jet for the southern coast of Italy, where Julia, a 143-foot yacht, will take you on a leisurely weeklong cruise around the southern coast of Italy. After your cruise, a limousine will transport you to Epernay in the heart of France’s Champagne region for a final two nights in Maison Belle Epoque, the house built for the two lovers who founded Perrier-Jouët. There you will enjoy a private tasting session followed by a tour of the Perrier-Jouët cellars and an unforgettable meal of foie gras, caviar, oysters, lobster, truffles, and other foods that lovers through the ages have regarded as aphrodisiacs, complemented with a trio of fine Champagnes. As a souvenir of your romantic odyssey, you will receive a rare Belle Epoque silver Champagne cooler inscribed with the Perrier-Jouët crest.

Price: $700,000.
Contact: 415.258.8382, www.frenchvacation.com

The price does not include the cost of transportation to and from New York.

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