A first-of-its-kind digital platform from LVMH brings the best of fine wine, champagne and spirits to your doorstep.
Clos19 is many things. It is an e-boutique, a curator of once-in-alifetime journeys and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to up their wine knowledge or host a very impressive dinner party. After successful launches in Europe, California and New York, Clos19 (clos19.com) arrives in Florida this month. We spoke with founder and CEO Stephanie Watine Arnault, the niece of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman Bernard Arnault, about the best ways to sip, savor and celebrate.
Bubbly is best on ice “In France we drink a piscine— Champagne on ice,” says Watine Arnault. “It’s a perfect warmweather drink.” And while she says “the French have been doing it for decades,” they’ve only recently bottled a vintage for this explicit purpose: Moët Ice Impérial.
When tasting wine, the view matters Clos19 offers curated experiences and tastings that take you to Paris and to New Zealand. But a tasting Watine Arnault hopes to try soon is more about what you don’t see. “Black opaque glasses are interesting because they make it hard to distinguish between certain types of white and red wine.”
The ideal glass to enjoy Champagne is not a flute “The same liquid tastes different out of a flute, a coupe or a wine glass,” says Watine Arnault. “A white wine glass—because it’s open at the base and a little closed at the top—allows the gas to open the wine but you still have the aromas.”
There are magnums, and then there are jeroboams Clos19 offers both. Customers can also request special vintage years in even larger formats, such as balthazars (the equivalent of 16 750 ml bottles), which are made to order and, as Watine Arnault says, “perfect for very special celebrations.”