On Tuesday 11 October 2016 art and champagne came together in a sparkling union as Champagne Louis Roederer presented its latest vintage, Cristal 2009, alongside a specially commissioned work of interactive art, inspired by the prestige cuvee, by London-based artist Aphra Shemza
The 2009 vintage and interactive light sculpture were unveiled at Sky Lounge, London’s new champagne bar, at Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard.
Cristal, created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II, is famous for its distinctive flat-bottomed bottles and its well-regarded reputation.
This is the first time the house of Louis Roederer has released a vintage out of sequence – as the 2009 has been released ahead of Cristal 2008, which needs more time in the bottle, chef de cave Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon revealed during the official launch at Sky Lounge.
Lécaillon was joined by CEO Frédéric Rouzaud – a seventh generation Roederer – who keeps Champagne Louis Roederer one of the few remaining family owned and wholly independent Grande Marques Champage houses.
Artist Aphra Shemza, who is the granddaughter of Anwar Jalal Shemza, specialises in multi-media, light art, kinetic sculpture and interactive installation. Her captivating piece of art, Heart Beats of Cristal, takes inspiration from the pale gold bubbles of the prestige cuvee.
Heart Beats of Cristal will be exhibited at the new Sky Lounge, on level 36 of The Shard, until the end of January 2017. Whilst there do sample the new Cristal 2009, or choose from the bar’s impressive wine list, which features the largest collection of vintage Louis Roederer champagnes in the capital. The bar is also home to a three-metre wine wall, and those incredible views of London that The Shard is famous for.