Hedonism Wines is to offer a rare collection of Dom Pérignon vintages stretching back to 1959, for anyone who has £16,000 to spare.

The 11 bottles of vintage Champagne will be showcased in lit niches, recessed into the walls of a custom-created wine cellar, made of dark wood and slate, Hedonism said.

The earliest Dom Pérignon vintage to feature in the range cellar is the 1959, now considered to be in its third plenitude (p3) – the ageing cycle defined by the Champagne house. The 1959 vintage will sit alongside 10 other rare vintages, going up to 1996.

Vintage Champagne has been in higher demand among wine collectors and investors in the last few years and the release of the DP collection at Hedonism reflects this trend.

Mark Harvey, marketing manager for Dom Pérignon, said, ‘This really is an exceptional opportunity for Champagne connoisseurs to experience and purchase from this range of rare Dom Pérignon vintages.’

The collection has been priced at £16,495, and the vault will be open to Hedonism customers from late September until the end of the year at the wine retailer’s shop in central London.

In October, Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy will host an exclusive tasting of the collection for prospective customers.

Geoffroy believes that Dom Pérignon matures in cycles: the first plenitude at seven years, the second after a minimum of 12 years and the third requires no less than 20 years. He said that he selected the collection for Hedonism to help demonstrate the concept.

The treasure vault follows the release of Dom Perignon 2005 in July 2015, which was its fourth consecutive vintage.

Written by Hannah Seaton for Decanter.com