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Vertical Limit

Posted by Philip James, Nov 1, 2007.

A few years ago if anyone had said "Vertical Limit" to me I would have thought of the 'not awesome' film about Nitrox carrying mountaineers, shoving each other with Diamox injections every 5 minutes while leaping across gaping canyons like Stallone in Rambo. As an ex-mountaineer I was always fond of anything that took such a solitary, and lets face it, boring to observe (high altitude climbing is very sloooooow) pastime and glamorized it.

Now, older, wiser, and considerably more desk-bound, my dreams have changed to more enjoyable and less punishing pastimes. Like wine...

Which is why the following caught my eye today: Veuve Clicquot in conjunction with the Porsche Design Studio has just released their Vertical Limit Champagne Cellar. Scoring very high on the 'cool factor', only 15 of these beauties have been made. Fashioned entirely by hand, these sleek units will retail for an impressive $70,000. I say retail, but they've all been pre-sold, so put your wallets away.

Each cellar is designed to store 12 magnums, each inside its own compartment held at a constant 12 degrees Celsius. One magnum from each of Veuve's finest vintages in the last 50 odd years. Represented are the: 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1969 Vintage Rose, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1988 1989 Vintage Rose and the 1990. Drool on...

Only 2 of these units actually made it Stateside, but they will be on display in Porsche's Design Studio's in New York and LA for the month of November.


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