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The year was marked by an exceptional summer. After a fairly overcast spring, the vines flowered late but quickly. The summer compensated for the spring, with a heat wave arriving at the end of June. For two months, there was hardly any rain, and above-normal temperatures set a 30-year record. The harvest began on September 18.
The bouquet continues to vibrate with the fruit. As it breathes, the wine opens up. Bright notes of cherry and violet soon mingle with hints of rye, praline and smoke.
How To Serve:
CHILLED AT 5°C - 10°C
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
When Father Pierre Perignon took over as cellar master at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668, his avowed goal was "to make the best wine in the world". For a young monk just 30 years old, it took a visionary spirit and exceptional audacity to pursue such lofty ambitions. An exact contemporary of Louis XIV, Dom Pérignon transformed the history of wine, just as the Sun King revolutionized the very notion of "art de vivre". Wine was the medium for their meeting, as the excellence of "Father Perignon's wine" earned it a place at the king's table.
More than three centuries later, the House of Dom Perignon perpetuates the visionary approach of its founder, widely considered the spiritual father of Champagne. Released only as a vintage, Dom Perignon is cellar aged for at least seven years prior to release. This time is critical for harmonising the flavours and ensuring that the wine’s balance remains elegant, sensual and ethereal. Dom Perignon can also be enjoyed many years later with rare OEnotheque vintages, released by the Chef de Cave at times when the intensity and complexity of the wine has reached optimum levels. 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 Perignon's unyielding standards, there will be no vintage champagne that year. This isn't a value judgment - it's an aesthetic vision" says Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy.
The unique personality of Dom Pérignon is born of this creative commitment. It is this tension between the distinctive qualities of a year and the timeless spirit that defines Dom Perignon, an unparalleled sensation that imparts weightlessness, airy richness and suppleness from first impression to the long-lasting finish.
In keeping with Dom Perignon’s expressed ambition in 1668 to create "the best wine in the world”, Dom Perignon Oenotheque represents the supreme homage to this vision.
Once the Dom Perignon style has been achieved after seven years and the vintage released, a limited number of bottles are set aside to begin a second period of aging. Six additional years – for a total of no few than thirteen years in the cellar are required to take the wine to another destination : Dom Perignon OEnotheque. The bottles are manually disgorged, liquored and recorked. Each bottle is tasted and approved by a Dom Perignon oenologist, who ensures its excellence before it leaves the cellar.
Dom Perignon: the best wine in the world.