Top 10 luxury Champagne coolersBy Lauren Eads
From a sterling silver Aston Martin cooler to a 12-magnum fridge designed by Porsche – there are plenty of luxurious coolers out there for wine lovers with a taste for the high life and deep pockets to match.
For most a simple cooler or ice bucket would suffice to keep your wine at a suitable temperature.
But for those in search of the wow factor, there are a host of high-end coolers which will not only will keep your wine at a steady chill, but make a stylish statement.
But the real question is how cold should you serve your Champagne?
While there is much debate on the topic in the wine world, the generally accepted ideal serving temperature is between 7 to 9 °C.
Scroll through to see some the most luxurious wine coolers available…
10. Giant Champagne cork cooler – £52 (US$85)
Starting at the lower end of the budget, this novelty giant cork cooler is made from 100% Portuguese cork making it eco-friendly and 100% waterproof. At just £52 from notonthehighstreet.com, it is the lowest cost cooler on our list.
9. Krug Flânerie Champagne cooler – £185 (US$400)
Combining fashion with Champagne, in 2012 the House of Krug unveiled this luxury leather slouch bag designed to carry your favourite bottle. Its cooler will keep a bottle at a steady 10ºC for two hours. This fashion-forward drinking accessory will set you back £185 ($200).
8. Lalique Icy Large Vase/Champagne Cooler – £2,300 (US$3,900)
This 16lb clear crystal Lalique Champagne cooler comes from comes from the design house of renowned French artist René Lalique. Lalique glass is lead based, either mold blown or pressed with favoured motifs synonymous with the Art Nouveau period which included dancing nymphs, fish, dragonflies, and foliage.
7. Veuve Clicquot Globalight – £2,500 (US$4,000)
Designed by Karim Rashid the Veuve Clicquot Globalight, only 500 of this limited edition champagne coolers were made. The portable Globalight features a soft halo of light and keeps Champagne cool for two hours, as well as being a decorative piece on its own. Its launch cost was $4,000 (about £2,500).
6. Mid Century Arthur Court Aluminium Champagne and Wine Cooler – £2,500 (US$4000)
This vintage aluminium champagne and wine cooler in the shape of a whale was designed by Arthur Court and is valued at $4,000 (£2,500). The unusual cooler opens at the mouth and at the tail to hold two bottles. Arthur Court opened his own interior design company in 1966 in San Francisco stocking unusual objects of art, mineral specimens and furniture.
5. Limited Edition Bollinger Champagne Cooler with bottle of 1999 Bollinger – £3,000 (US$4,917)
Released to coincide with the launch of the latest James Bond Quantum of Solace film, this limited edition Bollinger 007 Bullet cooler is was launched exclusively at Harrods priced at £3,000. Designed by French designer Eric Berthès, the bullet-shaped alloy case was limited to just 200 numbered items which came with a magnum of Bollinger La Grande Année 1999.
4. Neal Jones Champagne Cellarette – £18,900 (US$31,000)
The Champagne Cellaret has hidden slots for champagne glasses, a cooler to fit up to six magnums of champagne, secret drawers for a sommelier set and the lid rotates through 180 degrees to form a pouring table. Adding to its mystery, the cellaret can only be opened using a hidden method, which will only be released to the owner.
3. Aston Martin – The One-77 Bottle Cooler – £19,400 (US$32,000)
This sterling silver Champagne cooler from luxury British car manufacturer Aston Martin has a carbon-fibre inner layer to hold ice and water, insulated by the polished sterling silver exterior. You will need your cheque book handy, as this carefully crafted cooler is priced at an even cooler £19,400.
2. Veuve Clicquot’s Porsche-designed champagne cooler – £43,000 (US$70,000)
Firmly targeted at the super rich, this $70,000 Veuve Clicquot champagne cooler is designed by Porsche who produced a limited edition run of just 15. The 12 compartments each hold a magnum of Veuve’s bubbly, individually lit maintaining a constant 12ºC (54ºF).
1. 18th century Philip Rolos champagne and wine cooler – £2,000,000 (US$3.27m)
Weighing 11.5 stone and crafted by one London’s finest goldsmiths, Philip Rollos, this solid silver cooler was valued at between £1.5 million to £2m when it was sold by Sotheby’s in 2010. It was once owned by Queen Anne’s ambassador to Berlin, the third Baron Raby, Thomas Wentworth, who commissioned the cooler in 1706.