A Guide to Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne
Always striving for perfection, Dom Pérignon has been synonymous with vintage champagne and prestige cuvées since the release of its first bottle. The story of Dom Pérignon starts at the Abbaye of Saint-Pierre d’Hautvillers in Champagne, where two Benedictine monks shared a passion for making exceptional wines. One was Dom Pérignon, revered as the champion of méthode champenoise, which is still in use in the champagne region today. Today the Dom Pérignon cellar masters are known for their expert assemblage technique, which is essential to the process of making a vintage champagne.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 is unique in two ways; it reached its first plenitude earlier than its successor Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009, and it marks a time of change for the maison, as cellar master Richard Geoffroy handed over the reins to his successor Vincent Chaperon. A sunny late summer led to a long harvest period that allowed the grapes to reach full maturity, with pronounced fruit flavours and a well-integrated acidity leading to an aromatic and smoky finish.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010
The current Dom Pérignon vintage is 2010. Crafted in an exceptionally challenging year, it was touch and go as to whether Chaperon would announce the vintage. Time has paid off, and after 10 years in the Dom Pérignon cellars, this vintage is round, energetic and expressive. It’s full of tropical fruit aromas that soften to orange blossom, mandarin and white flowers after time in the glass, and sappy, peppery and spicy flavours that dance on the palate. The texture is taut and will soften with further aging if you can resist opening it now.
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2006
With your nose to the rim of the glass, Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2006’s striking aromatic profile is immediately apparent. Intriguing aromas of cocoa, warm spices and candied fruit combine with a smokiness that is characteristic of Dom Pérignon rosé champagne. This particular vintage champagne was made using a method of blending still pinot noir.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 Plénitude 2
Many consider 2002 the best year for champagne in the last 30. And, after 15 years on its lees, Dom Pérignon P2 2002 boasts an even greater longevity. So, while its exotic aromas and subtle salinity are exquisite today, it is also ideal for the cellar. Whether you choose to enjoy this very special vintage champagne now, or lay the bottle down to age for longer, this is a rare vintage champagne with already intense aromas and flavours that offer a window to a glorious year in the Champagne region.