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  • Food Pairing

    Chicken Caesar Salad

I consider these three vintages as the greatest ones of the past 20 years at Dom Pérignon, and I am pleased that we made them available right as we speak: 2002 Dom Pérignon Vintage, 1996 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque and 1990 Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque.

These three vintages all display a very strong character, making a statement about intensity, volume and stature. Two of them (1990 and 2002) showed a personality fusional with the style of Dom Pérignon, highlighting the typical aspects of ampleness, roundness and texture. To the contrary, the nature of the 1996 vintage was in tension with the character of Dom Pérignon: concentration and power to the point of being somewhat provocative and haughty. This confrontation with Dom Pérignon’s style helped create a great Champagne.

In a way it reminds me of wine & food pairings: one can either play on the complementarity (fusion), or the opposition (tension). In both cases outstanding results can be achieved, but the greatest challenge lies with finding harmony in conflict.

Richard Geoffroy, Creator and Chef de Cave of Dom Pérignon

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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 2002

The 2002 harvest:
The spring was warm and dry, with no significant frost and near-perfect flowering. The summer was marked by long sunny periods, interspersed with regular cloudy and rainy spells. The unexpectedly perfect weather just before the harvest compensated for the heavy rains of late August and early September. The vines were in good health, and the dehydration of the grape berries helped them reach new heights of ripeness. The harvest began between September 12 and 28.

On the nose:
The first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities.

On the palate:
The presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.

Vintage 2002 by Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon
Chef de Cave

 

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

93 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Yellow and Evolved

ending

Long, Lingering and Smooth

flavors

Toasty, Vanilla, Tropical fruits, Coffee, Raspberry and Licorice

nose

Intense, Complex, Pure and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Balanced, Well-structured, Developing, Light, Elegant, Harmonious, Fresh, Dry and Silky tannins

Verdict

Intelligent and Outstanding

Written Notes

Wonderfully caressing and origin typical. A great Dom Pérignon that charms from the start, but certainly not to be opened over the next five years. The silkiness and balance impresses me most along with a fluffy cream tone and stylish nuttiness.
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Full bodied, toasty Champagne with extremely fine mousse. This vintage has amazing focus and precision with generous flavours on the palate. Beautifully crafted Champagne that combines depth with finesse.

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There is no better way to start the evening than being handed a chilled glass of 2002 Dom Perignon as you come in the door! This iconic champagne set the tone for the evening- a harmonious blend of subtle apple flavors surrounded by bread dough and citrus notes. Long and lively finish. I noticed that the wine seemed to have added "weight" from its earlier days following release- this glass had a more serious presence on the palate. Approaching its 10th birthday, the wine is really showing its pedigree. Absolutely beautiful!

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

30min

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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 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

Full bodied, toasty Champagne with extremely fine mousse. This vintage has amazing focus and precision with generous flavours on the palate. Beautifully crafted Champagne that combines depth with finesse.

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

There is no better way to start the evening than being handed a chilled glass of 2002 Dom Perignon as you come in the door! This iconic champagne set the tone for the evening- a harmonious blend of subtle apple flavors surrounded by bread dough and citrus notes. Long and lively finish. I noticed that the wine seemed to have added "weight" from its earlier days following release- this glass had a more serious presence on the palate. Approaching its 10th birthday, the wine is really showing its pedigree. Absolutely beautiful!

8m 12d ago

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Wonderfully caressing and origin typical. A great Dom Pérignon that charms from the start, but certainly not to be opened over the next five years. The silkiness and balance impresses me most along with a fluffy cream tone and stylish nuttiness."

1y 5m ago

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Huge, assertive aromas of pear, butterscotch, smoke and bread. A lot of carbonation- aggressive bubbles. Also big on the palate with major weight. Delicious apples, very ripe pear and melon fruit core with powerful yeasty bread dough notes rising later. Acids laid back in the beginning but emerging with noticeable kick in the end. Very good. Distinctive. 93 points"

1y 6m ago

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"I've had this so many times this autumn it's almost embarrasing, this one of the more open bottles, fresh and almost agressive mousse and acidity, lively, minerals and lime, tight DP, focused, I would give it some more time, but seems to give a bit more every month. 93"

1y 9m ago

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 Totte Steneby, Sommelier (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Dom Perignon 2002

Open, intense and smokey nose with rich fruit and spices, vanilla, ripe citrus, yellow apples, brioche, fresh almonds, hints of raw mushrooms.

Full bodied and smooth with rich fruit that mirrors the nose but with a more vibrant touch to the finish with a jasmine note and fine mineral note. Concentrated and rich though still quite firm. Excellent young Dom Perignon. Good now but I’ll wait a few more years.
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2018-2032"

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 Maloo Kalkkinen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Niinkuin moni muukin 2002, todella potentialline ja hyvä kokonaisuus jota kannattaa pitää pullossa vielä vähintään 2 vuotta. Tyypillinen domppa.

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4y 9m ago

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Nose: delicate

Palate: light weight but fine intensity

Ending: elegant

In a nutshell: seamless

Final verdict: A DP masterpiece"

4y 10m ago

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( 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."

4y 11m ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2002  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Cristal 89 "

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"Comtes 2002 is delightful. Good times to come drinking it :P"

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