A private collection that is one of a kind, by Paul-François Vranken

It is a beautiful house, a setting for centuries-old artistry… Villa Demoiselle’s cellars contain a precious treasure: the largest collection of 19th and 20th century vintages.
Paul-François Vranken has decided to share his collection of around 300,000 unique bottles with enlightened connoisseurs. These 46 ‘Millésimes d’Or’ are an exceptional collection of wines.

The collection’s curator guarantees the quality of each and every bottle.

‘I waited more than thirty years to unveil this collection. I wanted to respect the history of these great houses, which have always made great wines. We have in our possession a real treasure. It is a treasure that needs to be shared. Everyone is familiar with champagne as a wine for celebrations, but these old vintages are truly exceptional .

Paul-François Vranken

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One collector’s dream

‘I love champagne, and I do know something about it, since I have dedicated most of my life to champagne. It is a wine that I have always loved, and I will always wish the best for it. My champagnes resemble me; they bear my style.
In 1978, I helped change the champagne taste by eliminating cognac spirit from the blend. I wanted champagne to be fresh and light. In 1985, I invented the exceptional champagne bottle, for La Demoiselle, so that my brut cuvées could be just as elegant as the prestige cuvées.

With Cuvée Diamant by Vranken, its special bottle became an exceptional bottle. Today, on the eve of Vranken’s thirty-fifth anniversary, I truly believe that nothing can last unless it changes. So Vranken is turning its focus more to vintage champagnes, with La Maison du Millésime. Backed by this new idea to give connoisseurs and aesthetes the quintessence of our artistry, the result of a wonderful alchemy between our Cellar Director’s remarkable work and the inexorable force of Mother Nature.

 
   
 

Message from the curator

In the darkness of the cellar, the resting bottles are enveloped in mystery, calling out for meditation

‘That light, vibrant spirit, both sharp and amenable, the undisputed mark of French wit, also pairs well with the sparkling spirit of champagne. It can be enhanced with richness, generosity, and complexity, like the impressive vintages in Paul-François Vranken’s Millésimes d’Or Collection. Nature only offers us a few exceptional vintages each century from each vineyard in France. Each of these years is unique.

For champagne, these years were 1929, 1945, 1947, and 1990. These highly coveted bottles are the subject of dream and desire, or of regret for those who let them slip by. In the glass, these magnificent wines shine like the Sun King. They exude complexity and finesse, elegance and power, magnanimity and sensitivity, refinement and sophistication. They convey immense emotion, pleasure that rarely finds an equal. There have also been a few exceptional years, differing from region to region, but in Champagne, these years have marked our spirits and our palates with splendid memories.

 
   
 

‘If accumulation is a reflection of life, the quality of accumulation is a reflection of the quality of life.’ Lawrence Weiner

As Miguel de Cervantes said, ‘Time ripens all things.’ Time, whether in joy or in sadness, still plays an inexorable hand in our lives, and so we pay homage to time with the Millésimes d’Or collection. This collection and its history are dedicated to other collectors, lovers of fine wines and great emotion, as well as aesthetes and explorers of style.

This collection tells the story of a century of champagne through the life of Paul-François Vranken, who built his champagne house to share his love of wines throughout the world.

From his modest start, he gradually allowed time to work its magic, and a collection was born, it grew, it took on confidence, and it is not one of the most important collections of vintage champagnes.

 

Millésimes d’Or is a journey throughout time, in step with the history of Champagne – of our champagne – from 1874, when Madame Pommery created her Brut Nature, to today. In the history of this collection, vintage wines play a starring role. Some – like the wonderful 1907, saved from the bottom of the Baltic by a Swedish treasure hunter – have become veritable icons. These are exceptional vintages in exceptional bottles. They contain true magic, giving those who taste them the experience of a unique moment, the closest we can get to eternity.

 

Champagne

Provence

Camargue

Portugal

 

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