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Description: Dom Perignon is a brand of vintage champagne produced by Moët & Chandon, a winemaker, and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. It is available only as a vintage, and the best grapes are used to produce Dom Perignon.

It is named after Dom Pierre Pérignon, a French Benedectine monk, who made contributes to the production and quality of champagne wine

a bottle of Dom Perignon

History of Dom Perignon

Dom Pierre Pérignon was a monk and cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers. who invented many winemaking techniques around 1670, including

  • blending grapes to improve the quality of wine,
  • balancing one element with another to make it better
  • In order to capture the bubble when to bottle these wine
  • Using thicker glass in order to strengthen the bottles
  • Retaining the natural sugar in wines, in order to naturally induce secondary fermentation in the spring.
  • Perfecting the art of producing clear white wines from black grapes by clever manipulation of the presses;
  • Introducing corks (instead of wood) fastened to bottles with hemp string soaked in oil. This would keep the freshness and the wines sparkling.

The vintage of Dom Pérignon was first made in 1921, but it was released for sale in 1936. 300 bottles of 1926-vintage wine were sold to Simon Bros. & Co in 1935, who imported Moët in the United Kingdom. They gave two bottles to each of their best customers for their 100th anniversary.

Although these bottles were almost identical to Dom Perignon, they did not display the Dom Perignon name, the wine got immediate attention in the marketplace, and more100 boxes of 1921 vintage wine were ordered to the United States, this time they display the Dom Perignon name.
In 1971 Shah of Iran had ordered the first vintage rose  (which is made in 1959) to celebrate the 2500 years of the Persian Empire

Style of Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon is always made from blending of Pinot noir and chardonnay grapes variety. although the composition changes in each vintage.
It is usually 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir,  although it is 60:40 and 40:60 in some years,
  •  50% pinot noir 50% chardannay 1990 Rose vintage
  •  60% chardonnay 40% pinot noir 1982 vintage
  •  60% pinot noir 40% chardonnay 1969 vintage
According to Richard Geoffroy’s manifesto and blog, After seven years in the cellar, Dom Perignon express its first  plenitude and second plenitude 12 to 15 years after the vintage, third plenitude after 30 to 40 years

Vintage of dom Perignon

Dom Perignon is a vintage champagne, meaning each bottle of Dom Pérignon contains grapes only from a single year, it is not made in weak years

Dom Pérignon Champagne has been produced in 43 vintages From 1921 to 2009, Dom Perignon also produces rose vintage champagne.  26 Dom Pérignon Rosé vintages have been produced Since 1959 to 2006

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