Dom Pérignon | A Pioneering Monk, Champagne centuries in the making

Undoubtedly one of the greatest Champagne houses, Dom Pérignon has conquered the world with its complex and unique wines. This singular story begins and ends with a monk full of ambition…

In the 17th century and during the reign of Louis XIV, nestled in the gentle hills around Epernay, the Abbey of Hautvilliers welcomed a certain Pierre Pérignon, and in doing so, a centuries-old legacy was born. In 1668, the Benedictine monk was appointed cellar master. Dom Pérignon began by making still wine (no bubbles) with the ambition of creating the best in the world. He developed the blend that remains the foundation of today’s Champagne method. The now legendary blend contains three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. The cork stopper, storage in chalk pits, and even the thicker bottle shape are all innovations of Dom Pérignon. The wines were certainly enjoyed by the royal court at the time, but it was not for several hundred years before the Champagne House was adored and exported all over the world. This truly began in 1935, when owners marketed the 1921 vintage of Dom Pérignon champagne for the first time. It was met with immediate success all over the world, and a legend was born. Since then, Dom Pérignon vintages decorate the dining tables of the world’s most illustrious guests, from Charles de Gaulle to John F. Kennedy or on the occasion of the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

Dom Pérignon, according to the experts:

Bettane + Desseauve: top marks, 5/5

Dom Pérignon is undoubtedly the most famous champagne brand in the world, and also the most legendary. This success is based on a dazzling selection and first-class savoir-faire. There is an almost artistic balance between the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, grown in the most prized vineyards of the LVMH group. Dom Pérignon produces a vintage brut (practically every year) and a rare vintage rosé. as well as now a remise en scène or “second look” at older vintages, P2 and P3, in both white and rosé. Recently appointed new cellar master, Vincent Chaperon, quietly succeeded the flamboyant Richard Geoffroy.

Revue de Vin de France (French Wine Magazine) 2/3 stars

On January 1, 2019, after twenty-nine years at the head of the most prestigious champagne house, Richard Geoffroy gave way to Vincent Chaperon, who will be in charge of keeping the legend alive. A unique style, impressive consistency and volumes that allow a worldwide distribution, « Dom Pé » is more than just a brand of champagne: it is a symbol of French luxury and a posterchild for the entire winemaking region. Whether or not you are a fan of its (immediately recognisable signature taste), with its delicate buttery and toasted notes, Dom Pérignon remains a must in the world of Champagne.

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Dom Pérignon (vintages 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010): the stuff of legends, Dom Pérignon is a subtle and elegant champagne, with a recognizable taste: this round and complex wine, with superb aromas of dried fruits and toasted bread is distinguished by an impressive length in the mouth. Dom Pérignon is highly sought after by amateurs who know its extraordinary aging capacities. Over the years, its effervescence fades in favor of incomparable creamy richness.

Dom Pérignon 2nd Plenitude (P2): Exceptional, this champagne cuvée is. Aged extremely long in the cellars of the house, 16 years to be precise, it perfectly reflects the touch and excellence of Dom Pérignon. During the tasting, you will appreciate its golden color, its aromatic bouquet marked by touches of candied fruit, frangipane, and sweet spices, as well as its character on the palate. Super energetic, its structured with a beautiful minerality. A wine to keep and enjoy at a later date, this champagne is also a wine for food lovers and calls for very fine dishes to accompany it!

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