The Champagne Dom Pérignon owes its name to the famous monk and prosecutor of the Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668, Pierre Pérignon (known as Dom Pérignon). According to the legend Pierre Pérignon would have discovered what we call today the Champagne method. For the anecdote, he will teach this method in 1669 to the Benedictine Thierry Ruinart who will allow another famous champagne house, the House of Ruinart, to become historically the first champagne house in 1729.
Dom Pérignon is a luminous Champagne House that is directly inspired by Pierre Pérignon's philosophy, which is to seek the ultimate perfection of Champagne wine.
The history of Dom Pérignon, the world famous champagne
The history of the house of Champagne Dom Pérignon begins nearly three centuries ago. Born in 1638 in Sainte-Menehould in Argonne, could Pierre Pérignon have imagined that he would become the "spiritual father of Champagne"? One thing is certain, his name has crossed the centuries by fuelling the debate.
Ordained a priest in 1667, it was in 1668 that Dom Pierre Pérignon took up his post as cellarer at Hautvilliers Abbey. Located not far from Épernay, in the Marne region of Champagne, Hautvilliers Abbey was founded around 650 by the archbishop of Reims, named Saint-Nivard. The magnificent architectural complex, now owned by Moët & Chandon, was renovated under the impetus of Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century, after having been destroyed and rebuilt many times. Upon his arrival, Dom Pierre Pérignon continued the renovation work and built new buildings. Written documents show that he was called "Dom Pierre" or "Dom procureur". In charge of managing the monastic affairs and making the vineyard activity prosper, Dom Pérignon will distinguish himself by his ability to elaborate still wines with grapes coming from "the Mountain" and "the River". Having become blind, it is said that Dom Pérignon tasted grapes from different crus and grape varieties of the Champagne region to make the blends. He was endowed with a great gustatory sensitivity allowing him to identify the typicity of a vintage by being able to classify them according to the year of the harvest.
The imprint on Dom Pérignon Champagnes
Much more than a world-famous brand, "Dom Pé" embodies an emblem of French luxury and above all a unique style. Whether you are a passionate connoisseur or a curious connoisseur, there is no mistaking it. The Champagne Dom Pérignon has that unmistakable chic and unwavering consistency of quality that makes one remember the moment of tasting Dom Pérignon.
An iconic champagne, Dom Pérignon is also closely associated with the first James Bond films. In 1962, in James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No, James Bond grabs a bottle of 1955 Dom Pérignon to defend young Honey and puts it back down, ironically declaring "I prefer the 1953".
In addition to the collaborations with artists, Champagne Dom Pérignon is divided into three phases: P1, P2 and P3. This concept of "Plenitude" allows visitors to discover the evolution of a Champagne Dom Pérignon at different stages of its maturation and therefore of its evolution.
From the great Dom Pérignon Vintage 1998 to the Dom Pérignon Rosé 1996 Plénitude 2 without forgetting the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2006 or the very concentrated Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003, DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2012, DOM PÉRIGNON X LADY GAGA VINTAGE 2010, DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE ROSÉ 2008, DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE BLANC 2003 PLÉNITUDE 2, each vintage of Dom Pérignon is an invitation to discover the expression of a particular year.
It is a rare and exceptional champagne.
The price of a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne depends strongly on the quality of the vintage and its age. On average the price of a bottle of Dom Perignon is around 225€ DOMDOM PÉRIGNON X LADY GAGA VINTAGE 2010 . The recent vintages are rather around 215€ (DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2012) while the oldest and thus rare ones can reach 500€ (DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE BLANC 2003 PLÉNITUDE 2).
The most expensive bottle of Dom Perignon is a Dom Perignon Rosè Vintage Gold in Methuselah format that is sold for 50,000€, its bottle is so elegant that any eye that looks at it literally falls in love.
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Pierre Pérignon was born in the 1630s, the exact date being still debated. As his family owned vineyards, he would have been immersed in the world of wine from his earliest childhood. After a long religious training, he finally entered the abbey of Hautvilliers, near Épernay, in 1668.
The reasons for the genesis of the myth of Dom Pérignon, "inventor" of sparkling Champagne, are purely commercial. The Abbaye de Hautvillers, owned by Mercier, is now part of Moët & Chandon, since the latter acquired Mercier. The myth was born when the prestige cuvée Dom Pérignon was created by Moët & Chandon.
Who owns Dom Pérignon? The first champagne cuvée bearing the name Dom Pérignon was made in 1921. Today owned by the LVMH group via Moët et Chandon, the brand joins the impressive portfolio of a group that also owns champagne. See also: Gateaux cedric grolet.
DOM PÉRIGNON 1996
Robert Parker score: 98 / 100
Great acidity and enormous intensity of flavor, backed by vibrant acidity, make this an exquisite champagne. It should drink well for 25 years, perhaps longer. It's worth remembering that Dom Perignon's 1971 Cuvée Rosé is still drinking exquisitely. One realizes how long these sparkling wines can have a life. The production is confidential. It is a rare and exceptional champagne.
DOM PÉRIGNON 1990
Robert Parker score : 98 / 100
An intense color, between lemon and straw. A fragrant nose with intense aromas of jasmine, cinnamon, buttered toast, applesauce and candied ginger. On the palate there is a concentration of honey and nuts, warm apple pie and spices. This gives it a fine structure and you will notice a very long finish. Drink now.
DOM PERIGNON 2008
Robert Parker score: 96+ / 100
The 2008 Dom Perignon is the finest release of this iconic vintage since the 1996 vintage. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, deep, and full-bodied, its notable fleshiness and amplitude controlled by incisive acids, with a youthful, exuberant yet elegant mousse and a long, beautifully delineated finish. This is a remarkable achievement and a fitting release to conclude Richard Geoffroy's tenure as cellar master.
DOM PÉRIGNON 1985
Robert Parker Rating: 96 / 100
On the nose, you will experience a very floral attack that gives way to notes of acacia honey and candied fruit. It is a wine with a lot of fullness and vinosity in the mouth. Notes of figs and grapes are very dominant, then gives way to undergrowth. An exceptional year that gave birth to a great Dom Pérignon. Drink now.
DOM PÉRIGNON 1982
Robert Parker score : 96 / 100
A beautiful yellow color with green highlights. A nose with notes of honey and roasted almonds. A very light mousse, and plenty of it. It is an elegant Dom Pérignon, and with a tenacious finish. Drink now.
DOM PÉRIGNON 2005
In the 2000s of Dom Pérignon we recommend the 2005 rated 94 / 100 by Wine spectator:
On the nose, we notice this bouquet of great richness. Notes of black fruits very intense, with an important minerality. To wrap it all up, we notice superb notes of praline and coriander.
In the mouth the wine has a real character. It asserts its presence firmly, it is structured and solid. On the finish, there are notes of spices and flowers that linger with each sip.
Dom Pérignon is a vintage wine from Champagne. It is elaborated, during exceptional years, by the Champagne house Moët & Chandon and provides 8 million bottles.