For dinner party hosts in search of wine pairings and oenophiles on the lookout for a vinous adventure, a new online platform courtesy of luxury brand conglomerate LVMH has the answers to these requests – and many more. The Clos19 website, which launches this week, will not only sell top champagnes, wines and spirits from LVMH brands, but will offer a range of one-off experiences and trips for bon viveurs, as well as guidance and inspiration in the form of an online magazine, Journal19.
“The idea for the brand came from my own passion for hosting,” says Stephanie Watine Arnault, the founder and CEO of Clos19. “When I started working at Moët Hennessy a lot of people contacted me to ask where they could find certain products, and I realised that while anyone can walk into a Louis Vuitton store and find what they are looking for, it’s much harder to find wines and spirits.”
Offerings from the LVMH drinks stable – covering bases from Krug and Moët Hennessy to Château d'Yquem and Glenmorangie – range from a Mini Moët bottle (£13) to a limited-edition methuselah of Dom Pérignon’s 2002 Rose (£8,500), complemented by accessories such as a black and gold pewter champagne vasque (£350) designed by Martin Szekely for Dom Pérignon and Riedel champagne glasses (£120 for six glasses) created exclusively for Krug.
Cellar visits and tastings add to the site’s enticing mix, including a two-night Veuve Cliquot & Ruitnart Tour (£3,400 for two people) and a whisky-inspired retreat in the newly refurbished Gleneagles hotel (£7,500 for two people). For the more adventurous, there’s a trip to discover the terrain of Antarctica (£70,000 per person) that takes in private ice-and-fire-inspired tastings and dinners at a luxury camp. The website will be open to everyone, but will also have a special members’ area hosting particularly rare vintages prior to public sale.