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.
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".