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".
DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 1983
The summer weather was hot and a few days of hard rain near the date of harvesting (26 September) did not jeopardize the excellent quality of the grape must.
Golden colour with an amazing glint of green. The nose is complex and elegant. Initial toasty flavour, like toasted hazelnuts – then a suggestion of brioche and honey. On the palate, the attack is extraordinary, clean, one could even say well structured. Compact and solid on the palate. Fatty character and acidity seem perfectly balanced. Long finish, retaining freshness and even a subtle firmness, redolent of dried fruit.
Brilliance, purity. Pedigree and distinction. A sense of elegance and balance predominate.
Richard Geoffroy, 12 October 1994