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  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Scallops with oyster liquor

In 1958 the total area in production in the official wine producing zone was 11,500 hectares. By using a part, and that it was only a part should be emphasized, of the land entitled to the champagne appellation, the area of vineyards was doubled in twenty years with the planting of 12,460 hectares, which, taking into account the effect of the unused plantation rights in 1958, gave a total of 24,252 hectares in production in 1978, the highest level of the decade following the stop in new planting in 1975. Vines also reappeared on hillsides from which they had long been absent, especially in the Sézanne region, in the valleys of the Aube and along the Marne, from Dormans to Château-Thierry and even beyond.

It should be made clear that it was not only in the Aisne and the Aube that new vines were planted, in fact it was rather the opposite. The vineyards in these two counties or départements expanded by 16 and 17.5% respectively, against 22% in the Marne and in 1978 the latter represented 79.5% of the total area of vines in the Champagne's wine producing zone, i.e. about three quarters, the Aisne and the Aube accounting for 5.5% and 15% respectively. The grands crus, which were already well-stocked, had taken little interest in planting new vines and the average price of vineyard land had thus slightly fallen. But it should not be forgotten that all the smaller vineyards were graded, and presented characteristics which had always been recognized as being suitable for producing good quality champagne.

At the same time yields had increased as a result of improvements in the productivity of the vineyards, and rose from 33 hectolitres per hectare in the 1950s to more than 60 hectolitres in the 1970s45. This was obtained not through changes in pruning techniques or increasing the amount of fertilizer used, which would have compromised quality, but through better growing techniques that reduced the number of factors that could adversely affect the yield, such as parasites and diseases. The annual capacity of the vineyards, which had been between 50 and 70 million bottles in 1950 was thus increased by 1980 to between 180 and 200 million, in accordance with demand.

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The Story

 At the end of the 17th Century, Dom Pierre Pérignon stated his ambition to create ‘the best wine in the world’.  On 29 September 1694, Dom Pierre Pérignon wrote that his mission was to create “the best wine in the world.” He dedicated himself to improving viticulture techniques, perfecting the art blending grapes from different crus, and introduced the gentle and fractional pressing to obtain white wine from black grapes.Ever since, the House of Dom Pérignon has perpetuated this visionary approach instilled by its founder, one that remains a hallmark of true luxury: the constant reinvention of the exceptional.

Under the creative leadership of cellar master Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon is reinvented with every vintage. The miraculous concept of assemblage – the delicate balance between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – and the commitment to Vintage are instrumental in the act of creation, revealing the wine's extra soul. Precise and tactile to the point of seamlessness, tense through rhythm and vibrancy, vigorous and fresh yet mature, intense and complex – such is the sensual style of Dom Pérignon: so inviting, yet so mysterious...

The core of the blend are the eight historical Grands Crus, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil, plus the legendary Hautvillers Premier Cru. Dom Perignon also has the unique privilege of being able to select grapes from all 17 Grands Crus in Champagne. giving birth to Dom Perignon's highly intriguing contrast".

 

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Vintage 1959

In 1959, Marilyn Monroe met a young Danish screenwriter, Hans Jørgen Lembourn, in
New York.
They soon took off on a romantic journey to the mountains with “a small
stock of Dom Pérignon” – a stock of joy. “

THE HARVEST
The harvest began on September 10th under conditions rarely enjoyed in the Champagne region. Everything combined to make the year a quintessential vintage.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

20 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light and Gold

ending

Long, Lingering and Smooth

flavors

Waxy, Coffee, Toasty, Honey, Mineral and Buttery

nose

Ripe, Generous and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Balanced, Medium-bodied, Modest, Harmonious, Elegant, Perfumed, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Impressive

Written Notes

Totally overshadowed by '59 Cristal at a recent big tasting. Incredibly viscous with its lively mousse. A heavy, nutty nose and a long taste of almond. The same points even with a totally different gun-smoke-smelling, youthful character when newly disgorged. Last two bottles were dead.
  • 92p
It had a touch of freshwater to it, a pinch of good stalk and white sugar aromas. It was the freshest of the ‘59s but also had a weird, indoor wax aroma. It got more sugary in the glass along the line of a Dr. Brown’s celery soda and was good but not a standout after the Taittinger
  • 92p
A pale, rather colorless wine and the missing bubbles did not promise much. The totally modest, almost fruitless and lifeless nature of this wine was reflected as a disappointment on the faces of my guests, and the short, dry and somehow odd aftertaste did not improve matters. Previous experiences have been similar. Only once has the wine met my expectations and deserved its reputation. Bottle variations are surprisingly frequent. Tom Stevenson told that one reason for this is the defective bottles that have warped necks. As a result the cork can not close the bottle airtight. This unusual great uncertainty of the content´s condition does not encourage one to purchase this fine vintage, although at its best the wine is superb and a "unique" experience.
  • 95p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

30min

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Totally overshadowed by '59 Cristal at a recent big tasting. Incredibly viscous with its lively mousse. A heavy, nutty nose and a long taste of almond. The same points even with a totally different gun-smoke-smelling, youthful character when newly disgorged. Last two bottles were dead."

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92p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"It had a touch of freshwater to it, a pinch of good stalk and white sugar aromas. It was the freshest of the ‘59s but also had a weird, indoor wax aroma. It got more sugary in the glass along the line of a Dr. Brown’s celery soda and was good but not a standout after the Taittinger "

1y 6m ago

95p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"A pale, rather colorless wine and the missing bubbles did not promise much. The totally modest, almost fruitless and lifeless nature of this wine was reflected as a disappointment on the faces of my guests, and the short, dry and somehow odd aftertaste did not improve matters.
Previous experiences have been similar. Only once has the wine met my expectations and deserved its reputation. Bottle variations are surprisingly frequent. Tom Stevenson told that one reason for this is the defective bottles that have warped necks. As a result the cork can not close the bottle airtight. This unusual great uncertainty of the content´s condition does not encourage one to purchase this fine vintage, although at its best the wine is superb and a "unique" experience.
"

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 Mari Kalmari, Pro  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Oxidised, over the hill, with black bubbles :)"

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Nice flight - 1971 a killer this time!"

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"1969 was amazing 98p and 1934 runnerup with 97p. "

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1959  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Great tasting, the best vintage was 1971."

5y 5m ago

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