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The Story

Inspired by the 1997 harvest.

Aged for more than 20 years in his private cellar and revealed now in 2018, Rare Le Secret is the most unique creation of Régis Camus, Rare Champagne’s Cellar Master.

Unlike other vintages of Rare Champagne, Rare Le Secret has no dosage, leaving it with a distinctive identity, enhanced by a second fermentation of over twenty years.

Régis Camus, Chef de Caves de Rare Champagne

“In 1997, I decided to secretly blend a very limited quantity of Rare Champagne, which I preserved only in magnums.”

- Régis Camus, Cellar Master for Rare Champagne


A secret cuvée from Rare cellar master Régis Camus, decorated by Mellerio, the oldest jeweler in the world.

Rare Champagne now offers to discerning enthusiasts, Rare Le Secret. For this exclusive limited-edition cuvée, Mellerio, the oldest jeweller in the world, has designed two different magnums: Rare Le Secret Fine Jewellery Edition and Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition.

Tasting Notes

Challenging and expressive.

Emblematic of the Rare Champagne style, Régis Camus blended Rare Le Secret with an added touch of boldness!

THE EYE: STUNNING

Elegant bubbles rise in a dazzling dance of delicate effervescence.

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THE NOSE: MEMORABLE AND DELICATE

Rare Le Secret is defined by exceptional depth and complexity: scents of liquorice, candied tropical fruits and bergamot mingle with a fragrance of dried fruit and powdered flowers.


Something extraordinary for Rare Champagne then emerges: a nuance of fresh cream heightened by spices, sandalwood, and lime blossom tea. Finally, a bouquet of lychee and violets is released, guiding Rare Le Secret towards redolent scents of rum, smoked tea and incense.

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THE PALATE: LIVELY AND EXOTIC

Following a crisp attack of lemon and citrus fruit, hints of fresh apricot, and verbena exude a soothing minerality. Touches of acacia honey and incense develop a smoky, exotic vinosity with an infinite, structured and forceful finale that is almost ethereal. Due to the absence of sugar and its recent disgorging, Rare Le Secret is expressive, precise, and yet complex. Unforgettable.

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THE WEATHER: EXTREME

As the frigid winter became milder, the vines started to flower early, only to be inundated later by storms. Harsh temperatures were exacerbated by a violent breakout of mildew in late spring devastating the vines. An extremely hot summer with severe thunderstorms gave way to a dry, sunny September and the harvests took place under blue skies.

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FOOD PAIRING

  • Carpaccio of Scallops

  • Marinated or Raw Shellfish

  • Risotto with Truffles

  • Italian or Spanish Ham Such as Prosciutto di Parma or Pata Negra

  • Grilled Duck Breast

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AGEING POTENTIAL

To be enjoyed through 2021.


A secret cuvée from Rare cellar master Régis Camus, decorated by Mellerio, the oldest jeweler in the world.

Rare Champagne now offers to discerning enthusiasts, Rare Le Secret. For this exclusive limited-edition cuvée, Mellerio, the oldest jeweller in the world, has designed two different magnums: Rare Le Secret Fine Jewellery Edition and Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition.

RARE LE SECRET & MELLERIO

Inspired by Marie-Antoinette

Rare Champagne invited Mellerio to create a unique design for the bottle, inspired by the muse of both Houses , Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France.

In 1780, the Queen of France is said to have acquired a Mellerio bracelet formed of seven cameos and adorned with garnets. In a similar tale, a few years later, she was presented with what would later become Rare Champagne.

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The creators

Régis Camus, Rare Champagne Cellar Master, inspired by nature and freedom

Cellar Master for Rare Champagne, Régis Camus is renowned as one of the most talented of his generation. He listens only to his creative spirit, intuitively defying all traditional rules when declaring a vintage year. Rare Le Secret once more bears witness to his unique vision, free of any convention.

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Mellerio, jeweler to the Imperial and Royal Courts

Founded in Paris in 1515, Mellerio has now seen 15 generations succeed one another. The first woman to be named creative director, Laure-Isabelle Mellerio relied on her experience as an interior designer and her love of volume to devise the Rare Le Secret bottles.


RARE LE SECRET FINE JEWELRY EDITION 

Exclusive. Distinguished. Majestic.

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For Rare Le Secret, Mellerio designed an exclusive collection of magnums. Between interwoven golden ribbons set with 510 diamonds, a precious stone – a diamond, ruby, sapphire or emerald of at least one carat – each one unique on every magnum, sparkles with dazzling beauty. 

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A Wealth of Expertise

A COLOUR DRAWING

Everything begins with a sketch where golden threads conjure up the vine itself. The silky smoothness of the wine is represented by a ribbon; such as those loved by Marie-Antoinette, a client of both our Houses.” 

Laure-Isabelle Mellerio, artistic director for Mellerio

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BEWITCHING THE METAL

By bringing the gold to life, we enhance the gemstone and make the Rare Le Secret magnum glow.” 

Laure-Isabelle Mellerio

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SELECTING AND SETTING THE IDEAL STONE 

We set the stones which best convey the champagne’s character; the diamond expresses the wine’s purity.”

Laure-Isabelle Mellerio

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A magnificent gift box

Each magnum of the Rare Le Secret Fine Jewellery edition is housed in a solid black glossy monolithic case. This magnificent gift box is reminiscent of the presentation cabinet used by Jean-Baptiste Mellerio to present his jewels to Queen Marie-Antoinette at the court of Versailles.

Inspired by the cuts of precious stones, the case’s mirrored interior beautifully enhances the Rare Le Secret Fine Jewellery magnum from every angle.


DISCOVER THE DETAILS

The interlaced white and yellow gold threads on the body of the bottle represent the blend of the radiant minerality of Chardonnay grapes with the brilliant intensity of the Pinot Noir.

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The muselet cap that seals the magnum in majestic beauty has been designed out of solid 24-carat gold. This is a first in Champagne, and only possible thanks to the latest technical innovations.

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In the centre, a one-carat diamond held by 51.30 g of yellow gold and 13.30 g of white gold. Defying time itself, this gem is associated with universal purity and sovereignty while its radiance evokes the shimmer of Rare Le Secret.

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Representing passion and power, this 1.22 carat ruby is magnified by 51 g of yellow gold and 13.30 g of white gold. Its intense colour, reflecting the gem’s value, recalls the profound flavour of this unique cuvee.

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This 1.43 carat sapphire dazzles the eye. This symbol of fidelity is highlighted by 54.62 g of yellow gold and 12.18 g of white gold. Its intense colour expresses the complexity of the Rare Le Secret aromas.

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50.90 g of yellow gold and 13.30 g of white gold set off the emerald’s brilliance. The 1.15 emerald represents the radiant minerality of Rare Le Secret. Conveying hope, wisdom and eternal youth, the emerald’s fragility makes it exceedingly difficult to carve.


RARE LE SECRET GOLDSMITH EDITION

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Exclusive 1000 limited magnum edition, inspired by the Rare Le Secret Fine Jewelry Edition

Given the success of their collaboration, Rare Champagne asked Mellerio to design a limited series of one thousand exclusive, numbered magnums: The Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition.

The champagne found inside the bottle remains the same, promising a truly unforgettable sensory experience.

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A Wealth of Expertise: Engraving

It required all our timeworn know how to pay tribute to the exceptional quality of Rare Le Secret. Like this timeless champagne, the number engraved with our goldsmithing expertise on the Rare Le Secret Goldsmith Edition’s golden plaque remains vivid year after year.” 

- Laure-Isabelle Mellerio

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A minimalist gift box

Upon opening the minimalist case in black matte wood, the imposing presence of the Rare Le Secret Goldmsith Edition is multiplied by reflections in the gilded mirrored walls, hinting at the cuvée’s magnetic charisma.