Dom Pérignon champagne owes its name to Pierre Pérignon, the famous monk and cellar master of Abbey de Hautvillers in 1668, who was also known as Dom Pérignon. Legend says that Pierre Pérignon discovered what is known today as the Champagne method. As a point of interest, he taught this method to Benedictine monk, Thierry Ruinart, in 1669, which allowed Ruinart to become the first Champagne house in 1729. Since 1st January 2019, Vincent Chaperon has succeeded Richard Geoffroy as Dom Pérignon’s Cellar Master.
After several years of ageing in the house’s cool, dark chalky cellars, Dom Pérignon unveils the precious bottles of its 2002 Vintage.
The warm and dry conditions of spring favoured a beautiful flowering period. The strong sunshine throughout summer was punctuated by cloudy and rainy episodes. The heavy rainfall at the end of August and the beginning of September gave way to very mild conditions a few days before the harvest. The health of the vineyard was very satisfactory and the grapes were harvested at optimal ripeness.
Dom Pérignon’s Vintage 2002 comprises a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The nose exudes scents of fresh almond and harvest, quickly giving way to notes of candied lemon and dried fruit. The bouquet is finally completed and enhanced by notes of smoke and toast.
The palate exudes delicious fruity aromas that evolve throughout the tasting. The palate is seduced by this wine’s density, its creamy texture and its intense length characterised by a subtle bitterness.