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    66
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    from 2016
  • Food Pairing

    Salmon with a mild butter sauce

With the announcement of Dom Pérignon 2006, the Champagne house has declared a vintage for the fifth consecutive year, an unprecedented decision in the history of the label. This series of five vintages reflects exceptional climate conditions and the importance accorded to time.

The third millennium looks very promising indeed for Dom Pérignon, beginning with a prodigious first decade, recalling the 1920s and 1960s. Five harvests of superb quality have resulted in five successive vintages, a memorable first in three hundred years of champagne-making. Dom Pérignon is resolutely committed to achieving the fullest expression of each year and steadfastly refuses any compromise. Each vintage is an act of creation.

 

Of the five vintages, four of the harvests have had great ripeness. The 2006 is characterized by  generosity, made possible by taking the risk of allowing time to work its magic. Following a grape harvest that lasted nearly four weeks, maturation in the cellar was unhurried. This is also an emblematic signature of Dom Pérignon, which is revealed by time – the time the grapes are left on the vines and the time the wine is cellared. The result is both the continuation of a unique heritage and an invitation to creativity.

 

 

 

 

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 by Richard Geoffroy

I am a lucky man! The first decade of the new millenium has been prodigious for Dom Pérignon. I feel it might attain the golden eras of the 1920’s or 1960’s. This is why I am blessed to introduce Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 today. The ambition of Dom Pérignon has always been to witness the vintages in Champagne. The reward of our commitment and dedication to the vintage is to be able to celebrate the release of our fifth vintage in a row, for the first time in the history of Dom Pérignon.

 

Out of these five vintages, four have been harvested at a stage of intense ripeness. Such frequency has never been seen in 300 years of Champagne harvests… yet each of these Vintages is unique. It is almost impossible to characterize full ripeness, as it can stem from a variety of weather conditions. I observed that there are two ways for the associated richness to express itself in the wine: either solemn, such as 2003 or 2005; or generous, such as 2002 or 2006.

 

Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006 is indeed best typified by its superlative generosity: a pure, airy and bright bouquet on the nose; a distinctive opulence, contained and succulent, on the palate. In essence, a luminous and glorious Champagne.

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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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Latest Pro-tasting notes

34 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long, Lingering, Vibrant and Bitter

flavors

Citrus, Mint, Toasty, Mineral, Floral and White fruits

nose

Youthful, Fresh, Charming and Complex

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Round, Fresh, Vivid and Dry

Verdict

Fine and Impressive

Written Notes

It's not often you fall backwards when a wine is first launched on the market. This time both me and my friends, who got to try this jewel at my champagne bar, fell in love instantly. It is all here so beautifully orchestrated in this incredibly well-balanced and flowing rich symphony. It is so voluptuously charming and welcoming immediately, but at the same time so complex that the interest in what you will discover in the next gulp never ceases. Here are all the pillars that I perceive a Dom Pérignon should have. A gigantic large and intense aroma, a silk caressing structure and a dazzling grand finale. Notes from the sea, roasted nuts, coffee, brioche, tropical green fruits, stone fruit, green apples, sweet orange citrus, gunpowder, nougat, mushroom cream and black truffle are all there like a perfectly tailored tuxedo. Love at first sight.
  • 94p

A wonderful vintage from Dom - much better than the 2005 with more precision, focus and freshness. Love the linear character that is supported by nice depth of toasty, lees flavors. The finish is fairly long.

  • 95p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is green-yellow, and looking bright and medium. On the nose it is youthful, complex and generous. The taste is ripe, and dry, low alcohol content, and high in acidity, medium-bodied, with balanced structure, developing and youthful. On the palate it is layered and has bread, citrus, honey and vanilla flavours. The finish is medium long and a bit too bitter .. This wine is fine.
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  • 90p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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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 2006  ( Moët & Chandon )

A wonderful vintage from Dom - much better than the 2005 with more precision, focus and freshness. Love the linear character that is supported by nice depth of toasty, lees flavors. The finish is fairly long.

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 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2006  ( Moët & Chandon )

"It's not often you fall backwards when a wine is first launched on the market. This time both me and my friends, who got to try this jewel at my champagne bar, fell in love instantly. It is all here so beautifully orchestrated in this incredibly well-balanced and flowing rich symphony. It is so voluptuously charming and welcoming immediately, but at the same time so complex that the interest in what you will discover in the next gulp never ceases. Here are all the pillars that I perceive a Dom Pérignon should have. A gigantic large and intense aroma, a silk caressing structure and a dazzling grand finale. Notes from the sea, roasted nuts, coffee, brioche, tropical green fruits, stone fruit, green apples, sweet orange citrus, gunpowder, nougat, mushroom cream and black truffle are all there like a perfectly tailored tuxedo. Love at first sight."

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 Björnstierne Antonson / sommelier, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2006  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Vilken debut! Det är populärt att smutskasta den störste, men oj vilket svar vi bjöds i och med ’06:ans debut. Fick flaskan skickad av Richard Geoffroy till vår champagnebar. After Eight-mintigheten har redan infunnit sig. De sekundärna rostade tonerna av kaffe och mocca är där. Den lätta pikanta havssältan och tången likaså. Så välbalanserat och mångfacetterat på en och samma gång. Jag gillar verkligen det här!
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