Dom Perignon: Need We Say More?
The bubbly of Marilyn Monroe and James Bond and poured at Princess Diana’s wedding, Dom Pérignon is luxury personified. Named “quite possibly the most iconic wine in Champagne, and perhaps the world” by Antonio Galloni — above and beyond Dom being one of the world’s most iconic wines — it is genuinely an exceptional wine. The 2009 Dom Pérignon is only the 42nd vintage to be bottled since its first release in 1921. Dom Pérignon remains among Champagne’s most rigorous estates, selecting the finest grapes from Grand Cru vineyards and only releasing single-vintage wines in the best years. The results, like this 2009 Dom, speak for themselves. “It’s like a top grand cru white Burgundy,” raves James Suckling, pouring on 97 points. When the occasion calls for utterly extravagant celebration, Dom Pérignon is what you pour.
Despite commanding one of France’s most famous and lavishly funded exports, chef de cave Richard Geoffrey thinks like a small, independent grower, with an avowed habit for taking risks and pushing the envelope. Comparing recent vintages of Dom Pérignon to “the experimental, searching spirit that defines so many of the smaller-production, artisan Champagnes being made today,” Galloni has pronounced Geoffrey’s efforts to be “nothing short of magnificent.”
In an appellation where babies are given their first few drops of Champagne at baptism, Dom Pérignon owns many of the vineyards they source from, giving them a degree of quality control that is rare in the region. When it comes to blending grapes, the estate simply has no equal — the namesake founder, Champagne pioneer Pierre Pérignon, perfected the technique in the 17th century. Picking late for ripeness and carefully monitoring pH in 2009’s excellent, warm growing season led to the chiseled precision and bitter tension of this timeless release. A bottle belongs in the collection of every wine lover.