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  • Country ranking ?

    797
  • Producer ranking ?

    82
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    sushi

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The latest vintage of Dom Pérignon, the 2013, has been released internationally for £1,830 per dozen. This represents an increase of 38.6% on the 2012 release price; however, it sits 1.6% below the 2012’s current Market Price.

At this price, the 2013 is the most affordable Dom Pérignon vintage in the market today. However, allocations are reportedly tight. Moreover, the vintage is coming to the market at only a very small discount to the higher-scored 2012 (WA 96), which has also been the most-traded in the last year.

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The Story

 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

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Recording that the picking began on 28 September due to a late start to the growing cycle, which was a result of “a cold and wet winter” followed by “a cool and rainy” spring, he said that “budding began two weeks later than normal”, adding, “and you never get that back” – which is why the harvest was later than usual.

However, the summer was very different to winter and spring. In fact, “It was the warmest and driest summer of the past 20 years,” Chaperon said, highlighting the contrasting conditions, while comparing 2013 with preceding years.

As a result, he said, “2013 is not as simple as you might think: it is a mix of a late-harvest vintage with the concentration that comes from a warm and very dry summer.”

Continuing he said, “It was an extreme winter and an extreme summer; global warming is not only about an increasing of average temperatures, but also about more extremes – and 2013 is an example.”

What does this mean for the style of the Champagne from this harvest? “2013 gives us two big characteristics: it gives concentration, because it was warm and dry; and freshness, because the late harvest meant that we were picking in conditions when the temperature and sunlight was lower, so you keep a high acidity.”

Summing up, he said that the Dom Pérignon 2013 had “freshness and tension with concentration,” while stressing that the impression of acidity in the Champagne was not “sharp”, but “round and harmonious”. Finally, he described the Champagne as “higher in weight and density” than 2004 or 1992, which were two late-harvest vintages in Champagne.

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Vintage 2013

The Champagne harvest 2013– late, but potentially outstanding

It has been another strange year for Champagne, starting with a cold, wet winter, followed by a gloomy, chilly spring with a lot of rain. Vine development started two weeks behind the ten-year average, and never made up for that lost time.

Along the way came a hot dry summer, boosting fruit quality thanks to the most sunshine ever recorded in Champagne in July and August.

Rain came from 6 September onwards, which helped to fatten the berries - then fortunately stopped in time to allow good conditions for final ripening. Considering the lateness of the harvest, the weather this year was exceptionally good – almost summer-like with unusually warm temperatures and sunshine, and a wind from the east to help keep the grapes healthy.

It was a year of big differences in the timing of the harvest, with picking in the most precocious plots starting on 24 September and in the slower-ripening areas on 9 October. Most plots commenced harvesting in the first days of October – the latest start date seen in Champagne for two decades.

Bearing in mind the economic situation, Champagne's governing body has set the yield limit at 10,000 kilos per hectare. Most crus should achieve this yield, excepting only a few that were partially affected by millerandage (shot berries), hailstorms and botrytis.

An average potential alcohol of nearly 10% ABV and good acidity averaging around 8.5g H2SO4 per litre together suggest a promising balance for the eventual wine. The Champenois are already drawing favourable comparisons with the vintages of 1983, 1988 and 1998 – these too being the product of late harvests.

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Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Bright

ending

Long and Round

flavors

Mint, Toasty, Mineral, Floral and White fruits

nose

Wide, Complex, Fresh and Seductive

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Multi-dimensional, Light, Harmonious, Elegant, Fresh and Dry

Verdict

Masterpiece

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle, in an perfect condition and has by the neck level. Colour is green-yellow, and looking bright and light. On the nose it is wide, seductive, fresh and complex. The taste is elegant, full,voluptuous, fresh, and dry, and high in acidity, light and with multi-dimensional structure. On the palate it is layered and has floral, mint, white fruits, mineral and toasty flavours. The finish is long and round. This wine is masterpiece. I paid around 100-200€ a bottle. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years, decant at least 30min before tasting and this is a good invest wine. Good value for money. I do recommend.

  • 97p

“The 2013 Dom Pérignon is quite delicate and understated. It reminds me of the 2004, but with a bit more mid-palate richness and a bit less energy. Apricot, tangerine peel, white flowers, jasmine, mint and light honeyed notes all meld together. There’s lovely vinous intensity as well as a feeling of openness that make the 2013 a delight to taste today. The 2013 doesn’t look to be an epic DP, but it sure is delicious right now.”

  • 94p

Bright, green yellow colour. Complex, rich and elegant, toasty, brioche nose, with roasted coffee, spearmint and ginger. Dry, broad and layered palate with fine mousse and great complexity. Lingering finish with impeccable harmony. Balanced and volaptuous style. Near perfection and a genuine charmer! Reminding DP 2004. – JL 98p. (3/2023) 

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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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Inside Information

The 2013 winemaking year proved a welcome reconnection with the glorious past of late harvest vintages. After a cold, wet winter, spring was grey, quite cool and extremely rainy. The vines began budding about two weeks later than the average for the decade, a delay that lasted all the way until the harvest. The hot and dry summer was the sunniest on record in the Champagne region, proving particularly beneficial for the quality of the grapes. Rain in early September quickly ceded to easterly winds that kept the grapes healthy until they were picked. The harvest at Dom Pérignon ran from September 28th to October 15th. Tasting the fruit revealed a promising balance between acidic and full-bodied.

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