Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay Blend * 75cl * Vegan * 12.5% ABV * Champagne, France
Heralded as the founding father of Champagne, Dom Perignon was a monk and cellarmaster at the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers. Whilst it is more likely that the man behind the myth did all he could to avoid his wine from being bubbly, he did pioneer a number of winemaking techniques, including blending, clarifying and corking his wines. Moet & Chandon bought the brand name for their prestige cuvee in 1937 and the wine is now part of the LVMH luxury goods empire. It remains one of the highest-rated and most desirable Champagnes on the market.
Typically only produced in three or four vintages every decade, Dom Perignon is one of the most celebrated Champagnes in the world. Although phrases like 'vintage of the century' are bandied around more and more these days, 2009 in Champagne was universally described as outstanding by winemakers and critics alike. Elegant and seductive, with gloriously ripe orchard fruit, blossom and baked pastry notes, this is drinking surprisingly well even at its relatively young age, but can be enjoyed for 25+ years from the vintage date. With age, Dom Perignon takes on a seductive fresh-toast-and-coffee bouquet, that is said to be one of the most intriguing scents in Champagne. A great aperitif to go with cheesy snacks, but also very versatile with white meat and seafood dishes.