Is Dom Perignon the best Champagne in the world?
The ultimate in luxury, super premium Champagnes, this is definitely an ‘A’ lister on all Champagne lists, and a coveted acquisition for any wine cellar. It commands high prices at auctions all over the world and is frequently selected as the Champagne served at prestigious occasions, such as the marriage of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.
The brand is part of the Moet portfolio of Champagnes, now owned by luxury goods company LVMH, and is the flagship of their Champagne range.
History Of Dom Perignon
Dom Perignon (1638-1715) was a Benedictine monk at the Abbaye de Hautvilliers, in the Champagne region. He is widely recognised as the person who ‘invented‘ Champagne. As well as learning to blend different grapes to create the best quality wines, he perfected the art of making white wine from black grapes; most importantly he discovered the secret and method of secondary fermentation to create the bubbles and the fizz in the bottle. He then also started the tradition of bottling wine with corks, instead of wooden stoppers, and also started using heavier bottles as the standard ones were likely to explode with the carbon dioxide pressure of the gas!
The current bottle reflects the heavy, traditional bottle shape and style, and the label also harks back to the origins of the product.
Dom Perignon Champagne Styles
Only ever produced in vintage years, the wines come from the very top vineyards, and are a blend of 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In youth, Dom Perignon has a rich, smooth, creamy freshness, which, with age, develops into a glorious wine, of great finesse, with toasty complexity, structure and depth.