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  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

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  • Food Pairing

    Thai Langoustine Soup with Lime Leaves and Coconut

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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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 1990

THE HARVEST / After a particularly rapid spurt in vegetation growth, the Champagne region is hit hard by spring frosts in April. Blossoming is therefore difficult in the cold and rainy conditions. Blossom drop and uneven grape development are only compensated by the large number of bunches and the wide branches. A heat wave summer then sets in and remains until the generous downpours in the days leading up to the harvest, (on 11 September). The musts boast an exceptional composition and homogenous quality; throughout the Champagne region.



 

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Average Bottle Price

329 2015 2013 2010 2005 2000
2 017€ +602.8% 287€ +5.1% 273€ +22.4% 223€ +36.0% 164€ +67.3% 98€

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

50 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Deep, Green-Yellow and Clear

ending

Long, Spicy and Smooth

flavors

Smoky, Toasty, Vanilla, Coffee, Creamy and Buttery

nose

Youthful, Complex, Seductive and Fresh

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Concentrated, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Developing, Medium-bodied, Focused, Fresh, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Excellent and Outstanding

Written Notes

Very youthful and elegant with typical Dom Pérignon finesse. It will be a pleasure to follow the internal development of the '88 and '90. A great debut for Richard Geoffroy! Toasty coffee aromas in magnum, and like a great Chablis grand cru in regular bottle.
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The 1990 had a nose full of white chocolate initially, so much so that finding another descriptor was difficult. Those aromas carried over to the palate, which was also bready, (white) meaty and earthy with some straw and tobacco behind it. Justin thought the bubbles .seemed finer. and also mentioned that he thought Champagne was the hardest beverage for which to do tasting notes
  • 94p

Complex and biscuity with hardly any age showing in the colour or nose. Full-bodied, generous and more like a sprightly white wine than Champagne at this age.

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

45min

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Inside Information

On the nose
Initial floral nose gives way to notes of fresh almonds, dried apricots and toasted brioche.

On the palate
The wine is full and round without being opulent and expresses great harmony. The attack is definite and intense leading to a silky finish reminiscent of preserved citrus fruits.

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Pro (China)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

Complex and biscuity with hardly any age showing in the colour or nose. Full-bodied, generous and more like a sprightly white wine than Champagne at this age.

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Very youthful and elegant with typical Dom Pérignon finesse. It will be a pleasure to follow the internal development of the '88 and '90. A great debut for Richard Geoffroy! Toasty coffee aromas in magnum, and like a great Chablis grand cru in regular bottle."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

"The 1990 had a nose full of white chocolate initially, so much so that finding another descriptor was difficult. Those aromas carried over to the palate, which was also bready, (white) meaty and earthy with some straw and tobacco behind it. Justin thought the bubbles .seemed finer. and also mentioned that he thought Champagne was the hardest beverage for which to do tasting notes"

1y 6m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

"tarting gold with tiny bubbles. Richer again, yellow plums and apples, elegant texture, lively, feels more complete than the 90 Cristal, and not as ripe. Elegant, good length. 92"

1y 9m ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

"A magnum of 1990 Dom Perignon welcomed one and all in big and brawny fashion. The Scholar found it ‘dense,’ and also wanted ‘something more refreshing.’ Indeed, the ’90 DP was more of a meal than an aperitif, but it opened more with time. This was a Champagne that would have benefitted from decanting. It had a big, bready nose that was toasty and ‘almost overwhelming, it needs food,’ one commented. Lime flavors emerged on its finish. This was zippy and long, and still in its youth (95+M). "

4y 6m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1990  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Pale lemon yellow tiny bubbles. Rich nose, brioche, raisins, autolyses, ox apples. Fresh acidity, more focused bottle than most I've had, firmer, fresh, unripe apple finish. Long. "

4y 7m ago

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