Dom Pérignon Champagne owes its name to Pierre Pérignon, the famous monk and cellar master of Abbey de Hautvillers in 1668, who was also known as Dom Pérignon. Legend has it that Pierre Pérignon discovered what is now known as the Champagne method. Interestingly enough, he taught this method to the Benedictine monk, Thierry Ruinart, in 1669, which subsequently enabled the Ruinart House to become the first Champagne house in 1729. Since January 1st 2019, Vincent Chaperon has succeeded Richard Geoffroy as Dom Pérignon’s Cellar Master.
Stemming from fine Champagne terroirs, Dom Pérignon is always a vintage wine and can only be produced from the grape harvest of a single year. The commitment to the vintage is absolute. For each vintage, a limited amount of bottles are set aside, destined to undergo a longer ageing process. During this extra time, the activity inside the bottle continues to grow. The yeast provides its energy to the wine and enlivens it beautifully.
The champagne enhances its lively expression and reaches the pinnacle of its radiant vitality. This elevation is called Plénitude 2: The Second Life of Dom Pérignon. Elevated to new heights, it unfurls across every dimension – wider, deeper, longer, more intense - and possesses an extended longevity.
The 2004 winemaking year will mark the history of Dom Pérignon due to its clemency and generosity.
The course of the year 2004 is almost perfect. The seasons succeeded one another with ease, fluidity and without incident. A rather cool month of August was followed by a few weeks of dry heat that truly shaped the vintage. Benefiting from an abundance of energy, lent by the year 2003, the vines blossomed and expressed themselves fully, leading to a generous harvest of perfectly healthy and superbly ripe grapes that began on September 24th.
The fruit of 2004 remains discreet but it is more clearly defined in this second life of the wine. Pink grapefruit and blood orange notes finally give way to aromas of fig. The extra time on the lees reveals the sublime maturity and minerality of the vintage, the signature style of Dom Pérignon. Cocoa, mocha, roasted notes, brioche and honey notes emerge.
The wine blends a pleasant tension and aerial expression. It boasts a tactile and structured precision. The ensemble exudes a lingering and elegant finish, underlined by sappy, liquorice notes.