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  • Country ranking ?

    613
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    5min
  • When to drink

    now
  • Food Pairing

    A gingery mole and langoustine

The Story

DOM PÉRIGNON OENOTHÈQUE  / As the custodian of Dom Pérignon’s history and style, Geoffroy watches over a few samples of each vintage in his OEnothèque, the Chef de Cave’s wine cellar. In the OEnothèque, the wine continues to mature for years and even decades, and is reborn with each metamorphosis of time, for Dom Pérignon is unanimously recognized for its impressive aging potential. As Geoffroy puts it, “Dom Pérignon OEnothèque is the ultimate expression of a wine whose style defies time.”

Geoffroy’s commitment to the OEnothèque program, which began with the 1990 Vintage, involves ongoing personal research on each vintage. The effect of time on the bottled wine retains its share of mystery and surprise even for him.

Dom Pérignon keeps pushing one step further, sometimes rewriting the rules, to pave the path for renewed experiences. So does Œnothèque, glorifying the exclusive process of actively aging a wine on its lees to offer a magnified style through re-releases. Œnothèque prolongs the character of the original Vintage wine, coming ever closer to the ideal of Dom Pérignon. The patience of wine lovers is now rewarded with a deeper, more intimate discovery and perception of Dom Pérignon. The current Vintage is put in proper perspective by giving a glimpse of the aging potential. It would now be virtually impossible for me to imagine Dom Pérignon without its Œnothèque expression.

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Vintage 1973

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.
 

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
1 463€ +2.9% 1 422€ +2.5% 1 387€ +19.1% 1 165€ +47.5% 790€ +97.0% 401€

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.

Tasting note

color

Deep, Straw and Healthy

ending

Long, Pure and Flavorful

nose

Intense, Complex, Ripe and Generous

recommend

Yes

taste

Perfectly balanced, Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Full-bodied, Round, Vigor, Perfumed and Silky tannins

Verdict

Transparent and Impressive

Written Notes

Heavenly in its appearance with an almost Blanc de Blancs finesse and floweriness. One of the most classic toasted and elegant vintages of this super-wine. The aftertaste of walnut is present as usual.
  • 97p
which is Dom Perignon.s version of an .RD. or .Collection. bottling, ie a late release directly from Dom. I had to buy something, although little did I know I already had, but we won.t get into that right now (Andy I think I need your help on this one)! I was in the mood for a .refresher,. and did those 1973s ever qualify and then some. It was one of the greatest Champagne experiences of my life. I don.t know if it was just that point in time and space where bottles undress themselves right in front of your very own lips and show incredibly due to circumstance and the theory of relativity, wine-wise of course. This champagne was incredible, so delicious and incredibly balanced, racy, bready, nutty&it had it all
  • 98p
The 1973, recently released in the library Oenotheque program, was the first Dom Pérignon of the tasting to be perfectly ready to drink. It is spicy, mushroomy, toasty, quite rich, and totally delicious. I find it rather amazing that this 33-year-old Champagne from a good but not great vintage has aged so well. DP's Richard Geoffroy pointed out that weather conditions in 1973 were exactly the same as 1988, which means that the '88 should have at least 15 more years in its future.
  • 94p

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

25min

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97p
 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1973  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Heavenly in its appearance with an almost Blanc de Blancs finesse and floweriness. One of the most classic toasted and elegant vintages of this super-wine. The aftertaste of walnut is present as usual."

1y 3m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1973  ( Moët & Chandon )

"which is Dom Perignon.s version of an .RD. or .Collection. bottling, ie a late release directly from Dom. I had to buy something, although little did I know I already had, but we won.t get into that right now (Andy I think I need your help on this one)! I was in the mood for a .refresher,. and did those 1973s ever qualify and then some. It was one of the greatest Champagne experiences of my life. I don.t know if it was just that point in time and space where bottles undress themselves right in front of your very own lips and show incredibly due to circumstance and the theory of relativity, wine-wise of course. This champagne was incredible, so delicious and incredibly balanced, racy, bready, nutty&it had it all"

1y 9m ago

94p
 Ray Thomsen, Wine Writer (Switzerland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1973  ( Moët & Chandon )

"The 1973, recently released in the library Oenotheque program, was the first Dom Pérignon of the tasting to be perfectly ready to drink. It is spicy, mushroomy, toasty, quite rich, and totally delicious. I find it rather amazing that this 33-year-old Champagne from a good but not great vintage has aged so well. DP's Richard Geoffroy pointed out that weather conditions in 1973 were exactly the same as 1988, which means that the '88 should have at least 15 more years in its future. "

1y 10m ago

98p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1973  ( Moët & Chandon )

"This is Dom Perignon.s version of an .RD. or .Collection. bottling, ie a late release directly from Dom. I had to buy something, although little did I know I already had, but we won.t get into that right now (Andy I think I need your help on this one)! I was in the mood for a .refresher,. and did those 1973s ever qualify and then some. It was one of the greatest Champagne experiences of my life. I don.t know if it was just that point in time and space where bottles undress themselves right in front of your very own lips and show incredibly due to circumstance and the theory of relativity, wine-wise of course. This champagne was incredible, so delicious and incredibly balanced, racy, bready, nutty&it had it all"

1y 11m ago

94p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1973  ( Moët & Chandon )

"A 1973 Dom Perignon Oenotheque bottling was one disgorged in 1999. The Cardinal and his crew are always quick to point out disgorgement dates. I strongly feel that recently disgorged Champagnes need about ten years in the bottle to show their mature qualities again, so this bottle qualified accordingly. There was a bit of truffle oil in the nose, which had a baked quality in a positive way. The palate was still fresh and zippy, with flavors of hay and wet straw. There was a lot of power and length in this very dry Champagne (94)."

4y 6m ago

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