Dom Perignon holds an illustrious classification in the Champagne wine region, with its vintage Champagne produced exclusively from grapes in Grand Cru vineyards. The producer stands shoulder to shoulder with Krug and Louis Roederer in this elite tier of champagne production.
- Vintages with 100 point scores: 1996, 2002, 2008
- Most Popular For: Consistent excellence across multiple vintages, impressive aging potential.
- Highest Achievement: Official champagne served at royal weddings and significant state events.
Provenance & Masters Behind the Bottle
Founded in 1668, Dom Perignon has an indelible link to the Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon. Although he wasn't the inventor of champagne, his methods significantly impacted its quality. Richard Geoffroy, the Chef de Cave from 1990 to 2019, took Dom Perignon to unprecedented heights with a string of successful vintages.
Vineyard & Craftsmanship
Sourcing grapes from only the finest Grand Cru vineyards, Dom Perignon demonstrates meticulous craftsmanship. The ratio of Chardonnay to Pinot Noir varies per vintage, adding to its unique character. Small production volumes ensure exclusivity; its aging cellars hold less than 15% of Moët & Chandon’s total champagne production.
Aging & Investment Value
The structure and balance of Dom Perignon lend themselves to extended aging. A bottle can mature for decades, transforming nuanced notes into more complex flavors. For collectors, its longevity makes it a valuable investment piece, especially the highly-rated vintages.