Dom Pérignon , 2009

  Moet et Chandon

Preceding the tighter, not-quite-ready 2008 seems to have been a sensible tactic; the 2009 is as upfront and present as we can remember a young DP being. Similarities have unsurprisingly been drawn with 2003 and 2006, the two other particularly warm vintages in the noughties, and yet as Geoffrey remarked “we made 2009 thanks to the experience we gained in 2003”. The house style is still very much on show; the reduction, the tightly wound flavours, the ripeness, but the latest release seems far less extreme and less radical than the 2003. If the latter was a dark, ,earthy and robust, 2009 is a ripe, bright embrace, sun-kissed in texture and loaded with creamy warm citrus fruit, a touch of salinity, white spice and crisp dried chalk notes.

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.