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.
The 1992 Harvest: Summer was hot. Harvesting took place early, starting on September 14, and the resulting wines were produced from healthy grapes.
The launch of Dom Perignon Rose Oenotheque 1992 is a perfect opportunity to reveal more about Dom Perignon Rose, the jewel of Dom Perignon. Its rarity is linked to the very few vineyards that can offer Pinot Noir grapes with sufficient maturity: mostly south-facing sites in Hautvillers, Ay and Bouzy. In some particularly warm and sunny years, other vineyards can also contribute, but this is the exception rather the rule, much as Dom Perignon Rose itself.
Dom Perignon didn’t start pushing the envelope recently: taking risks and embracing challenges has always been at the forefront of our philosophy. Combining Dom Perignon’s singularity and the characteristics of the vintage is already a tour de force.
Inviting the richness and intensity of the Pinot Noir to shine through the assemblage, yet retaining Dom Perignon’s elegance and ability to withstand time is a paradox in itself. This feat was first achieved in 1959, with this visionary first vintage being revealed twelve years later during the 2,500th anniversary of the foundation of the Persian Empire. 863 magnums of Dom Perignon Rose 1959 were served for only this occasion, and it remains to this day among the most exclusive wines in the world.
Dom Perignon Rose is understandably created in even fewer vintages than Dom Perignon Vintage: no Rosé was released in 1976, 1983 and 1999, whereas (paradoxically) 1986 welcomed a Rosé but no Blanc.
The introduction of Dom Pérignon Rose Oenotheque several years ago was another tribute to the longevity of Dom Perignon.