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VINCENT CHAPERON, NEW DOM PÉRIGNON CHEF DE CAVE

On January 1, 2019 Vincent Chaperon became the Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave. He succeeded Richard Geoffroy, with whom he has been working closely since 2005. This transmission is a compelling milestone in the history of Dom Pérignon, embodying a living heritage.

Throughout these past 13 years of intensive and close collaboration, Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon have nurtured continuous dialogue between their two approaches, as if they had been chosen through some predestined plan.

Vincent Chaperon took the responsibility for pursuing the Dom Pérignon quest. This entails three essential missions: take charge of the material legacy of existing vintages, embody the vision of Dom Pérignon and the intangible heritage passed on by Richard Geoffroy, and last but not least, carry on the commitment to vintages that defines the soul and raison d’être of Dom Pérignon, guiding it into the future. 

 

 

BWW 2018 - Best Champagne of the World: Winner: Dom Perignon 2002, Champagne, France

“I remember the year 2002 for the golden light and Indian summer after the rain, which allowed the grapes to mature to an unexpected level. Vintage 2002 is giving and approachable, richly sophisticated, but with a multifarious character that is still difficult to comprehend in its entirety. When it was initially released, this Vintage left me curious about the heights it could reach. And at times I believe its expression may be the closest to the Dom Pérignon aesthetic ideal,” said Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave. “We are incredibly grateful and humbled that Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 has been named the Best Champagne of the World by consumers and professionals, because this recognition honors the essence of Dom Pérignon’s creative ambition.”

 

 

 

Dom Perignon The 2015 harvest

Heat. Drought. As you are surely aware, those are the keywords for 2015 so far. The heat was so intense at times that 2015 has already been labelled the warmest year in a decade, and possibly the year with the highest average temperatures since we began recording them. However the heat itself was eclipsed by a drought that was comparable to 1976’s, and which intensified after the flowering. The drought was actually so extreme in June and July, windy months that barely saw any rainfall, that the humidity levels in the soils were even lower than in 1976.

These two factors influenced each vineyard in a different way, depending on their terroir, soil, and vigor, combining to create a specific level of resistance. As a consequence, we expect widely different picking times based on these characteristics and the reaction of each vineyard to the rainfalls of late August.

The positive side is clearly that the sanitary conditions are excellent and that they put no pressure on the harvest schedule. We are therefore at a liberty to pick exactly when we see fit. Right now we observe that the alcohol potential is somewhat high relative to the aromatic and phenolic maturity. Our aim is to wait until all indicators are more in line with each other.

We started picking last week. Most of our efforts are focused on developing the perfect planning which will account for the vast heterogeneity in maturities that we currently witness, and allow us to harvest each vineyard at precisely the right time.

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History

The legendary Moët & Chandon is celebrating 270 years as the world’s most loved champagne.

For over a quarter of a millennium, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the House’s hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness and elegance—values still at the heart of its global appeal.
Toward the end of the 18th century, Jean-Remy Moët, grandson of founder Claude Moët, became famous as the man who introduced champagne to the world. The important figures of the era, from the Marquise de Pompadour to Talleyrand to Napoleon quickly fell in love with the House’s effervescent wine. Moët & Chandon was soon the icon of success and elegance that it remains to this day.

The pioneering spirit has always defined our brand, in every arena from viniculture to new ways of celebrating with champagne. It all began with our founder Claude Moët’s vision of transforming a prestigious but little known regional wine into a favourite of cosmopolitans and courtiers throughout Europe. His grandson Jean-Rémy Moët set out to conquer the market and soon transformed Moët & Chandon into an international symbol of celebration, accomplishing his lifelong goal of “sharing the magic of champagne with the world.”
Innovation has been our watchword ever since, making the world’s most glamorous wine new and exciting for each generation

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Vineyards

Among our first emblematic gestures were the sabering of bottles and the christening of ships. The 20th century saw the arrival of yet more pioneering gestures that are still favourite traditions today. Did you know, that the exuberant spray of champagne is accredited to Moët & Chandon dating back to the celebrations of the winners of the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1967. When Dan Gurney was handed the Jeroboam of Moët & Chandon and used the bottle like a firehose and deliberately sprayed champagne over the guests. A symbol was established, and the name of Moët & Chandon was to be inextricably linked to the winners’ champagne and to explosions of joy and celebration. The champagne pyramid, the dazzling cascade of sparkling bubbles that lights up glamorous parties and receptions around the world? Moët created that overflowing symbol of festivity as well.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the wine which best expresses the quintessential qualities of champagne is made from grapes grown on the most extensive estate in the region.  Of our 1,150 hectares (2,840 acres) of rich chalk soil, 50% aregrands crus and 25% are premiers crus.

As the grapes that impart their incomparable flavour to our wines, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, come from vineyards in all of the five main areas of Champagne, we have the luxury of choice and the luxury of choosing the best.

With vineyards in Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne, Sézanne and Aube , we have access to approximately 200 of the 323 crus in the region, including a total of 17 grands crus and 32 of the 44 premiers crus.
This wide-ranging diversity of fruits and vineyards ensures the optimum selection of grapes, enabling us to maintain the constancy of Moët Impérial and the originality of Grand Vintage.

New technology combined with the best of traditional craftsmanship is helping us ensure that the legendary quality and style of our champagnes never falters. As nature is at the very heart of Moët, our latest advances in sustainable viniculture to preserve and protect the environment are among our proudest accomplishments.

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Winemaking

As Chef de Cave, Benoît Gouez’s mastery of his art ensures champagne with the distinctive Moët & Chandon character.

His style and integrity are essential to bringing out the best in each year’s harvest, in his words, “highlighting and sublimating the special characteristics of the grapes grown in Champagne.” With his consummate respect for the natural qualities of the fruit, this young, atypical Chef de Cave is the ideal guardian of the Moët & Chandon spirit.

 

Did you know that Moët Imperial, the House’s flagship champagne, owes its name to Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
He visited our estates in Epernay numerous times and awarded Jean-Remy Moët one of France’s highest honours, the medal of the Légion d’honneur. Legend has it that Napoleon and his troops invented the tradition of sabering open bottles of Moët to celebrate victory.

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Yesterday a fine tasting with friends including wines from 1908-2019. Best ones were Harlan 2011, Cristal 1962, Cheval Blanc 1947, Monfortino 2009 etc.

5d 13h ago

 Will Gardener / Nickolls & Perks, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Taittinger Comte Blanc de Blancs 2000 / There is surprisingly little colouration, pale gold, tiny bubbles. The nose is delicate, with faint cappuccino and a meaty edge, marine too, there is definite elegance and purity. The tension here admirable with fine citrus, towards grapefruit which hits you and then drifts off into a rippling effect, tantalising the taste buds. Not sure I would get it blind it’s less evolved than the first release bottle tasted last year, where softer more honeyed notes appeared. There is precision here like a youthful white Puligny it definitely grows on you, with hints of ginger and marine carried into the finish. A good life ahead here. Drink now – 2025+, 94/100.

1m 5d ago

 Izak Litwar , Wine Writer (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Crazy, crazy Saturday dinner the 2nd May with friends (we did keep the distance, washing hands, etc.) and enjoyed some extraordinary bottles. We celebrated the liberation of Denmark from Nazis by the Brits, which happened on the 4th May 1945.  So, we mainly tasted 1945s, but wait a minute….


Somebody wise said once – “There aren’t great vintages, only great bottles!” And it was so obvious during the tasting. It was blind and very entertaining one! The wines served were both normal and magnum bottles. All chateau bottled.

1m 28d ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  12 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  16 wines 

1970 DOM PÉRIGNON P3, A previously unreleased rare wine which gained greatly by being stored in the producer’s cool cellars. Great complexity and density. However, I am not so fond of the round taste profile and the architecture. The taste is classic nougat sweet with hints of coffee. The scent however breathe lake plants and mid-Swedish summer evenings. A lot of bottle variation unfortunately.’ RJ 93(93)

2m 3d ago

 Benoît Gouez / Moët & Chandon, Wine Producer (France)  tasted  15 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  15 wines 

Moet & Chandon Gran Vintage 1990 / Pale gold, with fine, slowly rising bubbles. A powerfully complex bouquet of freshly baked biscuits, smoky malt and mocha overlay more delicate notes of vanilla bean, verbena and candied citrus peel. In the mouth this vintage is remarkably full and harmonious, with notes of coffee and a forceful finish.


The 60th vintage from the maison is considered one of the 20th century’s best. Exhibiting warming notes of vanilla, mocha and candied orange peel, it is characterised by its harmonious fullness.Truly remarkable, the 1990 vintage is renowned for its balance of complex, mature flavours and rounded structure. The generosity of this champagne means it can be enjoyed now or for many years.


Pinot noir (50%), chardonnay (40%) and meunier (10%) make up this vintage, disgorged in October 2003. Following a mild winter, warm and dry weather continued into March. Then came the April frost. Happily, intense rainfall in the days before the harvest meant that the grapes developed well and high levels of acidity were achieved, helping to ensure longevity.

3m 14d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  13 wines 

DRC La Tâche 1955 / Decanted for one hour. Deep colour, already mature at the edges. Immensely aromatic, wild meaty bouquet that reached all corners of the nose. Intensive and rich on the palate. Delicate flavours of coffee, truffles and violets. Not very robust or multi-dimensional wine but has a lovely sweetness of soft tannins and fruit at the end. A very satisfactory Burgundy from this ordinary vintage.

3m 24d ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  28 wines 

Roussean Chambertin 1990 / Bright ruby – quite a deep colour actually. Delightfully shaded. Pungent and definitely with lots of tertiary aromas. This has crossed the Rubicon into something serious! Fireworks and explosions. Great breadth and richness. Long and kerpow. So complex and beautfully balanced, Struck match quality. Fine tannins on the finish but lots of pleasure. Tense and exciting.

4m 3d ago

 Zhao Dao Lee / Wine Importer, Wine Importer (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Lafon Montrachet 2007 / Interesting nose of citrus, slight lees and butter. Much grander taste than the nose —lemon, tart apples and buttered popcorn. Very concentrated palate with lots of fruit and acidity, but then followed by a long velvety finish. Overall, a still bit tight and not completely harmonious, but very promising. Should be very good with aging and integration—probably needs still 3-5 years.

4m 6d ago

 Maurizio Zanella, Pro (Italy)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  11 wines 

Cristal 1971 / Moderately pale golden yellow colour. Persistent, intense and elegant nose with great depth by autolysis characters, brioche and hints of dried apricots. Very crisp palate with vivid mousse and persistent lemony flavours with dried fruits. Wonderful yeasty character adding extra structure. Long lingering mineral finish. Beautiful balance and harmony. Just pure enjoyment! 98p

4m 7d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  21 wines 

New year's eve brought me a real challenge: I was asked to name a number of "regular" Brut Champagne of renowned houses to be recommended for the readers of a German newspaper. As I had only two hours to answer, I realized I should taste some of the well known names in the new year to get an overview what is available in the market for non vintage Brut and Rosé. The tasting showed some surprises, a quite high level and a quite homogenous one as well. Therefore the blind tasting, hold with some wine friends in Berlin, was not only work but provided some fun too.

4m 11d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  11 wines 

The true luxury champagne is the one that captures your full attention and makes you step off the treadmill to take a meditative moment with the champagne. The richness of its taste is limitless. Each sip peels new layeres of flavours and the aftertaste feels like neverending. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1986 and Dom Ruinart Rosé 1979 were excellent examples of luxury champagnes at their best. Dom Pérignon 2008 and Krug Grande Cuvée 167 Edition will be there one day, and I believe with even bigger trigger.

4m 12d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  5 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  72 wines 

Champagne Magazines 100 Best Champagnes 2020 -tasting day III.

4m 23d ago

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