Dom Perignon champagne owes its name to the famous monk and prosecutor of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers in 1668, Pierre Pérignon, known as Dom Pérignon. According to legend, Pierre Pérignon discovered what is known today as the méthode champenoise. According to the story, he taught this method in 1669 to the Benedictine Thierry Ruinart who then historically made Ruinart the first Champagne house in 1729. Vincent Chaperon took over from Richard Geoffroy on 1 January 2019 to be Head Cellarman of the Dom Pérignon Champagne House.
In essence, Dom Pérignon exists only as a vintage wine, to bring out the nuances of a single year's harvest. Dom Pérignon Vintage is made from an extremely rigorous selection of the best grapes from illustrious Champagne terroirs. Depending on the quality of the vintage, Dom Pérignon chooses to declare the vintage or not. Dom Pérignon Vintage champagne reveals its full harmony after more than 8 years of ageing in the cellar.
A cold and wet winter gave way to a gloomy spring with cool and rainy conditions that delayed the vegetative cycle by about fifteen days. The summer was hot and dry, with the most sunshine in the Champagne region, giving the best conditions for even and gradual grape maturation. The rainy spells recorded at the beginning of September as well as the east wind helped to preserve the health of the vineyard. Harvested from 28 September to 15 October, the grapes from this late vintage revealed a perfect balance between acidity and roundness as well as a beautiful aromatic richness.
This exceptional champagne is the result of a secret blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The nose is delicate, enticing with its richness and complexity. Scents of eucalyptus, pint and vetiver combine harmoniously with fruity notes (mirabelle plum, apricot, orange flower), spices (pepper, cardamom, stick of licorice) and also iodine and grilled notes.
A creamy and airy attack comes before an elegant, precise and silky palate, with a saline and enduring finish.