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  • Decanting time

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    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

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As for vintages, blancs de blancs (made with white grapes), crémants and pink champagnes, they continued to find favour amongst champagne lovers, but non-vintage has remained the backbone of production. There have been some exceptional vintages, notably 1947, 1955, 1964, and 1973, with some people also including 1961 and 1975. Here is a list, up to 1983, of the all the years in which a vintage was generally declared since the start of Second World War: 1941, 1943, 1945, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979. Some houses also produced a vintage in 1974 and 1978. In 1983, the wines of 1980, 1981 and 1982 seemed likely to be declared vintages, but since 1980 and 1981 were both years in which the production was comparatively small, there is little chance that this will occur on a large scale.

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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 1976

VINTAGE 1976 DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE:The weather was extraordinarily dry, with climatic conditions oscillating from one extreme to the other during the year. Flowering was early and the extremely hot summer reduced to 84 days the traditional 100-day period between flowering and harvesting. The harvest started on 1 September. The exceptional maturity of the grapes produced wines of outstanding quality.

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Average Bottle Price

2015 2012 2005 2000
580€ +16.5% 498€ +118.4% 228€ +130.3% 99€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Latest Pro-tasting notes

39 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Dark

ending

Endless, Gentle and Extensive

flavors

Toasty, Mineral, Dried-fruit, Bread, Apricot and Mushrooms

nose

Intense, Generous, Fresh and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Concentrated, Complex, Perfectly balanced, Mature, Full-bodied, Vigor, Fresh, Ripe and Dry

Verdict

Excellent

Written Notes

The 1976 DP was a fantastic bottle, with a classic sugary and toasty nose, followed by white cola and salted minerals. Flavors of bread soaked in oil stood out on this rich and fleshy bubbly that was still showing excellent acidity. The Krug was a bit square and less than I expected, more brawny than big

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A wine that has impressed me very little in the past, with its vintage-typical, slightly burned, warm character. That's why it was it was such a great surprise that I liked the '76 best of all among sixteen vintages at a gargantuan dinner featuring wines from Moët in December 2000. This bottle had a sensual floweriness that distinguishes the foremost '76s, as well as a stately, long, sweet finish. Grandiose! It should perhaps be pointed out that the wine was served blind. Winner of the comprehensive DP tasting in Kopenhagen 2006.
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Full bodied, biscuity champagne with fine mousse and delicate flavors. The palate is complex, intense and filled with toasted nutty flavors followed by a long finish. This was tasted next to the 1973 Dom blind, I prefered the 73 by a slim margin.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

35min

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Inside Information

DOM PÉRIGNON / MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN TIME

In 1936, the prestigious ocean liner Normandie left Le Havre port for New York. In its hold, it carried one hundred cases containing twelve bottles each of the 1921 vintage of Dom Pérignon. These were the first bottles of Dom Pérignon to arrive on American soil - just in time for Christmas and New Year’s Day – they were an immediate success.

In 1951, Marlene Dietrich served Dom Pérignon at an improvised Christmas dinner with two young friends, the writer Francine du Plessis and the poet Jonathan Williams. This dinner, with Dom Pérignon, became an annual affair.

In 1955, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, had his character, the very distinguished 007 Commander of the Royal Navy and officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, order a prized bottle of Dom Pérignon vintage 1946.

In 1957, Christian Dior invited Stanley Karnow, journalist, to his hôtel particulier in upscale Passy, located near the Château de la Muette to conduct an interview for Time.The interview took place over a glass (or two) of Dom Pérignon vintage 1949 in the magenta upholstered armchairs and under a stilted Bernard Buffet portrait of the world’s best known fashion designer….Mr. Dior was also an avid gourmet cook who had his own recipes - Dom Pérignon played a starring role in such dishes as salmon in aspic with Dom Pérignon, partridge with Dom Pérignon, sautéed woodcock with Dom Pérignon, and Chicken Dom Pérignon which called for an entire bottle of the wine.

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. “

In 1961, Dom Pérignon Vintage 1949 was served at the dinner given at the U.S. Embassy in Paris for Charles de Gaulle and John F. Kennedy during the American’s president’s official visit.

In 1962, Marlene Dietrich published her ABCs. In the book she says “If you manage to get a perfectly chilled Dom Pérignon in a beautiful glass on the terrace of a Parisian restaurant with a view of trees in mid-autumn sunshine, you’ll feel like the most divine person in the world, even if you are used to drinking Champagne.”

In 1971, at an exclusive dinner for international dignitaries in celebration the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great, Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1959 was served.

In 1981, magnums of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961 was chosen for the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles.

In 2004, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony selected Dom Pérignon to serve at their wedding reception.

In 2004, with the sale of the Doris Duke collection at Christie’s in New York. A lot of three bottles of Dom Pérignon 1921 sold for US $24,675.

In 2006, Dom Pérignon was enjoyed at the wedding reception of Mathew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer.

In 2006, bottles of Dom Pérignon were served at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

In 2008, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon chose Dom Pérignon to toast their wedding in the Bahamas.

In 2008, Dom Pérignon was Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s wine of choice for their wedding celebration.

In 2008, two sales held by Acker Merrall & Condit also left their mark on the history of Dom Pérignon, with three magnums of Dom Pérignon OEnothèque (1966, 1973 and 1976) selling for US $93,260 in Hong Kong, and a lot of two bottles of the legendary Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 1959 selling for US $84,700 in New York.

In 2008, Marc Newsom, the Australian designer changed the very conception of a champagne bucket when he designed for Dom Pérignon a high-tech sculpture that impresses by its size (70 centimeters when closed) in his favorite color, acidic green.

In 2009, Dom Pérignon was served in Versailles at a private dinner held in the hall of mirrors to commemorate the exhibition opening of King Louis IV, the Sun King, and the 300 anniversary of the birth of Luxury. A fitting wine for the recreation of the King’s table, as Père Pérignon’s wines from the Abby of Hautvillers was one of the King’s preferred wines during his life.

In 2010, Dom Pérignon releases Dom Pérignon Wedding.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

Full bodied, biscuity champagne with fine mousse and delicate flavors. The palate is complex, intense and filled with toasted nutty flavors followed by a long finish. This was tasted next to the 1973 Dom blind, I prefered the 73 by a slim margin.

4m 13d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

The 1976 DP was a fantastic bottle, with a classic sugary and toasty nose, followed by white cola and salted minerals. Flavors of bread soaked in oil stood out on this rich and fleshy bubbly that was still showing excellent acidity. The Krug was a bit square and less than I expected, more brawny than big

11m 25d ago

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"A wine that has impressed me very little in the past, with its vintage-typical, slightly burned, warm character. That's why it was it was such a great surprise that I liked the '76 best of all among sixteen vintages at a gargantuan dinner featuring wines from Moët in December 2000. This bottle had a sensual floweriness that distinguishes the foremost '76s, as well as a stately, long, sweet finish. Grandiose! It should perhaps be pointed out that the wine was served blind. Winner of the comprehensive DP tasting in Kopenhagen 2006."

1y 6m ago

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Serverades blint på Djuret en mörk torsdagskväll efter kvällsservice. ‘Come on mister hot-shot, let’s se how Your tastebuds works tonight’ sade mannen vid bardisken. Jag sniffade och log! Oh, det är percis så här en perfekt DP från sjuttiotalet skall vara. Gentlemannnen såg förvånad ut i och med att jag slängde mig ut på den djupa delen av bubble-poolen direkt. Champagnen visade upp klassiska DP-toner med hasselnöt & After Eight-mintighet. Klart att jag hamnade på sjuttiotalet. Hm, klart att det är DP, men vilken årgång?  Han svarade ‘You had this Champagne with sommelier world champion Andreas Larsson 10 years back at a dinner.‘Ah, 1976 DP Oenothèque!’ ropade jag rakt ut. ‘No sorry, it’s the ordinary 1976’ svarde han. Mycket imponerad av ’76:ans fräschör. Helt perfekt att dricka nu!
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1y 7m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Golden with amber hue, caramel and nuts, smoke and chocolate, starting to oxidize, heavier and more evolved than my last bottle from my fathers cellar. Fresh acidity, sweet feel, ripe, plum stone, good length. This bottle falls apart quickly in the glass (10-15 minutes) 91 at it's very best."

1y 10m ago

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 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Deep toasty gold with a hit of orange. Very toasty mandarin nose and with very small sparkling bubbles with the merest hint of decay. A very low acid level which indicates a perfect drinking time for this wine. Long and throat warming. Hint of mushrooms. Maybe a little on the way down?"

2y 8m ago

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 Juha Jormanainen, Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Nice deep color, small bubbles left, elegant nose with marmalade and toast. Very fruity, elegant, intensive and exciting champagne. Long aftertaste, this is champagne to my taste.
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2y 9m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"What I did not bring was the stunning bottle of 1976 Dom Perignon with which we started. Gil accurately noted, ‘crushed walnuts and quince peel.’ It was creamy and lush with nice apple juice flavors and a touch of burnt granulated sugar. It was tasty, round and fresh, still youthful but about as good as it will ever get (95)."

3y 8m ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

5y 17d ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1976  ( Moët & Chandon )

"DP 76 was amazing "

5y 11m ago

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