Dom Pérignon , 1996

  Moet et Chandon

A startling Pinot Noir Chardonnay blend from Dom Perignon oenologue, Richard Geoffroy. The 1996 has received no shortage of accolades and quite rightly so. Every bit as good as the 1990 if not better, this is dense-packed and still very young but displays good, crisp, taut fruit with tremendous underlying richness and concentration as well as distinct tropical characteristics. This should start to be very drinkable now, though it will also have excellent staying power and should certainly evolve into a very interesting and complex mature vintage Champagne.

Contains Sulphites.

About Moet et Chandon

Moët et Chandon’s, long history dates back to 1743 when a wine trader by the name of Claude Moët began selling Champagne; first to France, and later across Europe. As the company’s fortunes increased, so vineyard acquisitions were made. In 1792 these included the vineyards of the Abbey de Hautvillers, where a certain Benedictine Monk had spent a number of years improving Champagne winemaking techniques. It wasn’t until 1842 that Moet marketed its first vintage, taking things one step further in 1921 with the first release under the ultra-prestige Dom Perignon label. A fitting tribute, albeit 150 odd years late, to the monk who had dedicated so many years to the understanding of Champagne excellence. The quality of Champagne released under the Dom Perignon label has seldom been in doubt, only produced as a vintage cuvee and only in vintages deemed high enough quality. The 2004 vintage marks the 40th release since 1921. In 1959 a vintage Rose was added to the range, and more recently the house has begun releasing the spellbinding late disgorged Oenotheque wines.

Appellation: Champagne

Champagne is the world's original and most famous region for the production of sparkling wine. A range of styles are produced from the Non-Vintage, through Rose, Vintage and more recently a host of prestige, Vintage luxury cuvees. The three permitted grape varieties are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

Grape Blend: Pinot Noir | Chardonnay

Two of the classic Champagne varieties found in a wide variety of blends particularly in prestige cuvées. The Pinot Noir lends finesse and complexity while the Chardonnay provides freshness and aroma.