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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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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  6 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  37 wines 

A journey to Champagne brought some interesting insights to famous houses and new discoveries with excellent tastings and some amazing wines.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  35 wines 

After a loooong wait of two long, we got finally the world's best champagne fair – Grand Champagne – organised. Superb bunch of chefs de cave, great selection of champagnes and bubbly atmosphere, what else do you need! And the best champagne for me was........Charles Heidsieck La Collection de Crayères 1981 in Jeroboam (98p)! 

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  3 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  17 wines 

Moet & Chandon Vintage 1911 / This was a later release; in fact, it was released by Moet to celebrate the 100th year of this vintage.  When first released, it was sold at auction along with a date with Scarlett Johansson.  I’m not sure if the first buyer ever got that date, but I do know that the second buyer insisted if he got that date, Hollywood history might have been a little different lol.  There was a ‘bigger finish’ here per Big Boy, and Jetski admired its ‘smokiness.’  There was so much exotic to this bottle – exotic fruits, exotic fireplace.  It was clearly the most complex, and most people’s favorite.  110 years old never tasted so good (98).

2m 9d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  26 wines 

1961 Dom Perignon Wedding Cuvee (Magnum) - The magnum of 1961 DP, the 'Wedding Cuvee' for Charles and Diana, was as good as older Champagne gets.  Even though it was the 43rd wine I sampled on this day, it got my attention.  'So good!' was the initial impression.  Rich, vivacious and sparkling as much as anything possibly can; its wintry, white flavors balanced out with its sweet caramel and honeyed finish.  So much spritz out of magnum still, that always makes the difference!  Rocket fuel!

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Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection Brut 1959 / Disgorged February 2013. Fully fermented in oak. Mid gold. Very expressive, coffee, milk, smoke and biscuit. Has crossed the flavour threshold from champagne to Burgundy – though the mousse is still very present. Very lengthy finish. Biscuits, slight bitter orange. Splendidly indulgent and rich.

6m 28d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Inspired by James Bond – No Time to Die, we included Château Angelus 2003 (96p) in our Tour de France dinner. What a crowd pleaser. Rich and intense. In wonderful condition now but left no  doubt that this wine will evolve beautifully another 5-10 years. The aristocratic La Mission Haut-Brion 1998 (97p) shone on a par with Angelus, with its classic charming style. The joker of the eve, Stag's Leap Artemis 2014 (92p) served with aged hard cheeses was a true charmer with its dense finesse.

7m 18d ago

 Lu Yang / Sommelier, Pro (China)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  12 wines 

Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 2010 / A beautiful Champagne, featuring fragrant notes of toasted brioche and grilled nut that are more subtle on the palate, transitioning to a rich underpinning layered with a pure chime of tangerine and accents of candied ginger, toasted saffron and lime blossom. This bundles a lot of concentrated flavor into a lithe frame. The fine mousse caresses the palate through to the lasting finish. Perhaps the best one from the 2010 vintage!

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Moët & Chandon . In a tasting of  19 wines 

A 1978 Dujac Gevrey Chambertin Aux Combottes quickly stole the show from the 1985 flight. This was a perfect example of a wine punching above its weight class. ‘Wow,’ started my notes. It was close to the Clos de la Roche with a sappy, sexy nose full of musk, along with great concentration, pitch and a leathery finish. There was not a lot of spitting once the reds came around, and the notes were getting sloppy. I wrote something about putting something to bed, in bed, I can’t quite tell, maybe I was referring to myself lol (97).

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