What do you get when you combine the light, airy bubbles from a refreshing flute of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and the surreal, almost hypnotising polka-dot art style of Yayoi Kusama? Well, look no further: it’s right here in the shape of our limited-edition La Grande Dame 2012.
Designed in Yayoi Kusama’s signature psychedelic art style, complete with a bright, blooming flower, the limited-edition La Grande Dame 2012 bottle is a manifestation of a long history of collaboration between the artist and the Champagne house. Back in 2006, Kusama reimagined a traditional painting of Madame Clicquot (nicknamed the Grande Dame of Champagne) with her art piece ‘Twist with Madame Clicquot’ for a Tokyo charity auction. Now, they’ve joined forces once more, with Kusama designing the La Grande Dame 2012 case and bottle using her iconic symbols, flowers and polka dots. “It’s an honour and a privilege to continue our longstanding creative collaboration with Yayoi Kusama,” says Jean-Marc Gallot, President and CEO of Veuve Clicquot. “Yayoi Kusama’s artistic expression is both generous and deeply optimistic. This resonates with Veuve Clicquot, a House that has always sparkled with optimism and a hopeful sense of joie de vivre.”
As for what you’ll find inside the bottle? “This new vintage offers a strong minerality carried by Pinot Noir, balanced with the freshness of the blend. Its ageing potential is immense.” So says Veuve Clicquot’s Cellar Master, Didier Mariotti. “It is playful, lively, laughing.” We’ll toast to that.