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The luminous sweetness of tropical fruit – green mango, melon, pineapple – instantly shines. It then cedes to more temperate notes, the tingle of orange zest, the mist of a mandarin orange. The wine breathes, revealing its freshness. The bloom after the rain. A tactile sensation of peony, jasmine and lilac.
The wine immediately imposes its ample presence, full and massive. A sappy sensation dominates as the tactile is rapidly overtaken by the aromatic. The body unfolds: generous, firm and controlled. Then it contracts, letting the wine vibrate with spices and pepper.
The energy is sustained to a scintillating, saline finish.
LENNY KRAVITZ NAMED CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DOM PÉRIGNON
Dom Pérignon is proud to announce the appointment of Lenny Kravitz as Creative Director. In the collaboration’s first year, Kravitz takes on this role through the lens of photographer, shooting an inspiring collection of photographs for “Assemblage”, his photo exhibition inspired by Dom Pérignon.
Lenny Kravitz and Dom Pérignon have the power to unify, to create a unique assemblage. For his “assemblage”, the artist brought together truly singular personalities from different worlds, disciplines and generations: Zoë Kravitz, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Alexander Wang, Abbey Lee, Benjamin Millepied, and Hidetoshi Nakata. Assemblage is the spark triggered by the encounter between these icons.
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".
AN ACT OF CREATION TO REFLECT THE VISION OF DOM PÉRIGNON
It begins with a vision: Dom Pérignon’s creative ambition strives towards harmony as a source of emotion.
All creative processes have their constraints. Dom Pérignon's constraint is the vintage. Dom Pérignon can only be produced from the harvest of a single year. Dom Pérignon is one and indivisible.
Its Vintages express themselves fully into three dimensions:
The year: the character of the seasons;
The Plénitudes: evolution by successive windows of expression on the way of the long maturation on lees;
The colour: white or rosé.
Can one single glass be created to fully express the champagne across years, Plénitudes and colors? Thus guarantee the best tasting experience: on the eye, on the nose and on the palate. Dom Pérignon chose to take on this challenge with the experience of Richard Geoffroy, passing on its intangible legacy to its successor, Vincent Chaperon, and the savoir-faire of Maximilian Riedel, CEO of Riedel, and 11th generation of the family.
THE CHAMPAGNE DEFINES THE SHAPE OF THE GLASS
The Riedel glass tradition dates back to 1673 in Bohemia, but Claus Riedel, 9th generation, was the first to create purely functional glasses directly inspired by the Bauhaus movement: form follows function. Since the end of the 1950s, the company Riedel has consistently created the best possible glasses to highlight the qualities of complex wines in the nose and mouth. Today, its founding principle is that the wine alone defines the final shape of the glass, and no preconceived design or trend should intervene in its elaboration.
A TRANSCENDENT FORM FOR A HARMONIOUS EXPERIENCE
The “Dom Pérignon” glass came to life in a creative process that unfolded over the course of a year. The new glass emerged through numerous tastings and ultimately took form following critiques and refinements.
Riedel designed the “Dom Pérignon” glass to be in symbiosis with every Vintages of the House, shedding a light on the singularity of Dom Pérignon. Unfailingly true to Dom Pérignon’s vision, the new glass sets the stage for harmony by enhancing:
- Weight: substantial, yet with a certain lightness and ease, powerful but not forceful
- Flow: a tension, a “yin & yang” that enables the wine to express itself without exaggerating any dimension of its complexity
- Texture: continuous, seamless, tactile
- Finish: fruit-driven, encompassing both minerality and salinity
“The Dom Pérignon glass is magic, a success in both functionality and design. It feels very good in your hand and makes you even more excited about the Dom Pérignon in the fine glass.” said Riedel. The new “Dom Pérignon” glass will be used for all Dom Pérignon tastings and experiences, as well at selected partners locations. It is also available for consumer purchase on Clos19 or Riedel website.
Dom Pérignon Glass by Riedel
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 was a bold wager, the fruit of an unwavering commitment to expressing nature, coupled with the freedom that makes audacious endeavors possible. Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 is a wager that has been won thanks to inspiration and to the mastery that comes from experience.
The passage of time has revealed the grandeur of this vintage of which Dom Pérignon is among the very few to bear witness.
In this harmony, Dom Pérignon plays out its aesthetic and sensorial values: precision, intensity, touch, minerality, complexity and completeness, a way of embracing and sustaining the note. Every creative process faces constraints. For Dom Pérignon, this means always a vintage wine. An unyielding commitment to express the grapes of a single and the same year, whatever the challenges, even if this means accepting that in some years a vintage will not be declared.
Time is an integral part of the Dom Pérignon equation. The time for maturation on the lees, in the darkness of the cellars, allowing each vintage to flourish. For Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010, this slow metamorphosis demanded nearly a decade.
Two superposed landscapes unfold simultaneously on the nose, an English garden after the rain and a tropical grove. Floral freshness and luminous softness fuse to reveal the vitality of sap surging from earthy depths.
The scent affirms itself on the palate, tracing a solid, welcoming presence. Amplitude, generosity and firmness compose a harmonious balance, accompanied by a peppery vibration until the silvery reverberations of a lustrous finish. The striking contrasts of this perilous year seem to express themselves with unexpected assurance and modesty, swaying with surprising serenity.
“Over the weekend of September 4-5, despite nobody in Champagne yet having any concerns, we had an intuition that we might have to sacrifice part of the harvest in order to save the best parcels and try to make a Dom Pérignon vintage.” Vincent Chaperon, Chef de Cave
2010. Winter was rigorous, spring dry and late. After a particularly sunny decade, such freshness was surprising. Summer was hot, but not excessively so. Then, two days of diluvian rain brought this ideal trajectory to a halt. In just a few days, botrytis mold developed on the grapes, mainly on the pinot noir.
This triggered a race against the clock. The grapes were not yet fully mature, but a decision had to be made – and made quickly.
Dom Pérignon deployed its full resources to trace a precise map delimiting the maturity and health of each parcel in its vineyards. This expert vision of the situation gave us the possibility of saving excellent plots of pinot noir grapes. But every minute counted, and the challenge of declaring a vintage was on...
The grape picking was drastic and the sacrifices painful. Dom Pérignon decided to focus exclusively on the grapes the botrytis had spared. Each day, specific parcels were selected and the grapes meticulously sorted, based on discerning observations and an intimate knowledge of the terroir.
Executed with great precision, this inspired decision proved correct. When the vendange was over, a portion of the harvest had been lost, but the pinot noir grapes that had been saved wereabsolutelyglorious.
They echoed the chardonnay grapes, which had benefited from a complete maturation. They showed richness, concentration and balance – actually the best in the past 30 years.
Once assembled, the two grape varieties were intense, yet balanced in both structure and texture, dialoguing in complete unison. The challenge was met, and Dom Pérignon declared a vintage quite literally“savedfromthewaters”.
With the lowest temperatures since 1996, the first part of the year contrasted with the entire decade. Winter frosts and a cool spring were reminders of the vineyard’s northerly latitude. The summer was hot, but not excessively so, and infrequent rain confirmed a particularly dry year. Suddenly, in mid-August, everything changed. The equivalent of two months of rain fell in just two days. With the heat and the water, maturation was fast and generous, but the harvest began with botrytis mold attacking the pinot noir grapes. As in 1995, the grapes had an elevated balance, at the same time sweet and acidic, but some parcels had to be left out and others sorted in order to bring out the best in a vintage rich in contrasts.