When Father Pierre Pérignon 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 Pérignon's wine" earned it a place at the king's table.
More than three centuries later, the House of Dom Pérignon perpetuates the visionary approach of its founder, widely considered the spiritual father of Champagne.
The making of each vintage involves a delicate job of assemblage and adjustment ' different each time ' before the mysterious balance between Dom Pérignon’s 'white' and 'black' grapes (chardonnay and pinot noir) can be reached.
This delicate exercise is full of risks. The assemblage of each Dom Pérignon vintage is a creative act in the most inspired and daring sense of the term. The extra effort that goes into its making enables each vintage to express its unique character while affirming (through its singularity) the timeless style of Dom Pérignon.
Tasting notes by Richard Geoffroy,Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave
"Fresh, crystalline and sharp, the first nose reveals a unique vegetal, aquatic world, with hints of white pepper and gardenia. The wine’s maturity then makes a gentle appearance before exhaling peaty accents.
In the mouth, the attack is direct, a prelude to a lusty roundness that seems to curl up like a plant. The notes of anis and dried ginger glide over fruit skins (pear and mango), creating an effect that is more tactile than fleshy. The finale stretches out and then comes to rest, calm, mature and diffuse.
An ineffable charm has made itself felt, with no effect on the wine’s integrity."