Dom Perignon owes its name to the famous monk and cellar master of the Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668, Pierre Perignon (also known as Dom Perignon). According to legend, it was Pierre Perignon who first discovered what is now called the Champenoise method. According to this anecdote, Perignon taught this method in 1669 to the Benedictine Thierry Ruinart, allowing Maison Ruinart, to become the first Champagne House in 1729.
Dom Perignon is a celebrated Champagne house, whose foundation was inspired by Pierre Perignon's quest for the ultimate perfection in Champagne. Keeper of the estate’s prestigious brand image is the LVMH luxury group, now headed by Dom Perignon, joined by other prestigious houses such as Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot ou encore Moët & Chandon. The values upheld by the Champagne House today are hard work and intuition, observation and understanding, knowledge and respect – the same values embodied by iconic cellar master Richard Geoffroy. In addition to its rich aromatic complexity, the wines of Dom Perignon are distinguished by their structure and texture, which give each vintage a unique, precious and inimitable character. The aesthetic of the bottle captures the brilliance of the wine inside and is often decorated by renowned artists, such as in the case of the label that glows in the dark and the limited edition collectibles, like the Dom Perignon Rosé Vintage Gold Bottle 2000.
The three main varieties of Champagne, namely Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, are used to develop the blends of Champagne Dom Perignon. In addition to the exceptional bottles created in collaboration with artists, the Champagnes of Dom Perignon also include non-vintage cuvees and vintage cuvees made only in exceptional years. These are sold in three steps, referred to as "Plenitudes": the first is called Dom Perignon Vintage and is sold for about 9 years after the vintage; the second reaches its second stage of maturity after 12-15 years and is called Dom Perignon P2. Finally, Dom Perignon P3, is put on the market approximately 25 years after the vintage. This is a rare and exceptional cuvee, a work of patience and passion, at the origin of one of the most prestigious Champagne in the world.
The 2009 vintage of the legendary Champagne House Dom Perignon is an iconic prestige cuvee, marking the end of a successful decade in Champagne. This beautiful wine achieves perfect maturity and balance, having demanded plenty of attention throughout its conception. As with each bottle of the Dom Perignon prestige cuvee, the “vintage” designation serves as a guarantee of quality. After all, the House produces their magnificent signature Champagne exclusively in the very best vintages.
Produced only in the best years, the Dom Perignon vintage cuvee is a truly representative and iconic wine of the historic estate. But it was not always obvious that 2009 would be such a successful vintage. The harvest season, similar to that of 2003, was marked by episodes of severe frost and intense heat. Faced with several difficult choices presented by such extreme climate changes, Cellar Master Richard Geoffroy nevertheless succeeded in creating an exceptional blend, characterized by a rare intensity.
In 2009, as in 2003, it was very important to make the right choices, especially in selecting the date of the harvest, based on when the grapes would reach their optimal stage of ripeness. The 2009 season started with a harsh winter and continued with a particularly mild, rainy spring, resulting in significant pressure from mildew during flowering. Later, heavy storms in July led many to expect the worst, as the rain presented a health risk to the vines. Fortune favored the vines during the month of August, with warm temperatures that allowed for the ideal environment for the fruit to achieve optimal maturity. Although a short hail storm on September 4th posed some difficulties, the grapes were harvested successfully on September 12th. The blend elaborated from this high quality fruit clearly expresses not only the soil and varietals, but also the unique climatic conditions of this season and the creative talent of the cellar master.
The Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 clearly expresses the marriage between nature and human savoir-faire, perfected over 350 years of history at this prestigious Champagne House. Nature has blessed this vintage with perfectly mature fruit, balanced with a great acidity that gives the wine freshness and energy. This carefully assembled cuvee combines Chardonnay with Pinot Noir, lending the wine a very fruity bouquet of primary aromas (guava, spicy grapefruit zest, white peaches and nectarines). Swirling the wine in the glass reveals notes woody vanilla and toasted brioche, hot from the oven. Ripe, juicy fruit emerge on the palate. Intense, voluptuous and marked by a great richesse, the Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 displays a certain power, which is nevertheless beautifully restrained. This wine offers a palate of impressive depth, with a silky, saline, sappy character complemented by splendid iodized touches. The finish provides satisfies completely with remarkable length and persistence.
This unique vintage exemplifies to perfection the harmony achieved by the wines of Dom Perignon. Faced with difficult climatic conditions during the 2009 growing season, the prestigious Champagne House managed, as always, to use its magnificent know-how and elaborate a dazzling vintage cuvee. The Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 is a true gift to the world of wine, one that successfully balances maturity, freshness and tenseness.