Champagne Dom Perignon is arguably the world’s most most famous and prestigious Champagne. It is Champagne Moet et Chandon’s prestige brand. It is only made in good vintages. As well as this wine, there is an even rarer Dom Perignon Rose and the limited edition Plenitude releases.
Dom Perignon is named after the French Benedictine monk Dom Perignon (1638-1715) who dedicated his life to studying wine-making techniques including blending of grapes to improve quality and the development of sparkling wines. The very first vintage of Dom Perignon was produced as early as the 1920s and 1930s but what we know know as Dom Perignon was not made commercially available until 1943 when Moet et Chandon Vintage Champagne was given an extra period of maceration and transferred to the famous 18th century-style bottles, similar to the ones used today. From then on Dom Perignon was always made separately and to a higher quality than Moet’s “normal” vintage.
True to the ambition of Dom Pérignon in the late 17th century, the Chef de Cave demands the exceptional: only an outstanding harvest is worthy of Dom Pérignon vintage champagne, the exclusive product of a single year. Each new vintage is a unique creative act, reinventing the extraordinary style of a wine that only the Chef de Cave may declare a “vintage year”. “The grapes are never the same from one year to the next. If a harvest does not meet Dom Pérignon’s unyielding standards, there will be no vintage champagne that year.
Dom Perignon Rose is a blend of wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes sourced from the finest grands crus vineyards. These best vineyard sites have the best soils and exposure that enable the grapes to attain their fullest expression. The core of the blend is eight historical Grands Crus — Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil — plus the legendary Hautvillers Premier Cru. Dom Pérignon also has the unique privilege of being able to select grapes from all 17 Grands Crus of Champagne.
2008 was the last vintage made by Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy before he handed over to Vincent Chaperon.