How do you envision yourself being rich? Driving a Bugatti? Fine dining at Sublimotion in Spain? Buying a yacht? Soaking in a Jacuzzi while overlooking at the beauty of the Indian Ocean through your Maldives hotel room with a glass of Dom Perignon on your hand?
Yes, Dom Perignon Champagne has been a symbol of riches and luxury for quite some time now.
But we have to know that its popularity and exorbitant pricing aren’t just a part of a brilliant marketing strategy. In fact, whatever prestige it has been enjoying right now, it rightfully deserves.
Dom Perignon’s Rich History
It’s understandable to be thinking that a particular object was invented by a person it was named after. But there will always be exceptions to the rule.
A perfect example is none other than this Cuvee de Prestige of a French Wine company. Dom Perignon Champagne by the winery Moët & Chandon was introduced in 1921 but wasn’t sold commercially until 1936.
Its namesake, Dom Pierre Perignon, was a Benedictine monk who pioneered several wine-making techniques during his time. He has contributed so much to the industry that naming a premium champagne after him was just a fitting tribute.
What’s So Special About Dom Perignon?
It’s all about quality. Moët & Chandon doesn’t just produce champagnes and sell them just for the heck of it – all Dom Perignons should be vintage. Meaning, the company only uses the finest grapes from the best vineyards in Champagne, France harvested in one particular year.
Not only that. It also strictly follows a manifesto in producing the champagne. Even the size of grape plants are not allowed to grow beyond 3 feet and only prunes the grapes in the morning.
The company believes that the slow ripening process is responsible for the wine’s dimensions, whereas the aging process is giving it a distinct aroma.
Rarity also plays a major role in its price and popularity. Dom Perignon only releases champagnes in vintages that are capable of aging beyond 20 years – or nothing at all.
Because of this, some years will not have any release at all. Richard Geoffroy, the current Chef de Cave, makes sure not to release more than 6 vintages per decade.
Dom Perignon Champagne Characteristics
- Vintage – this denotes the age of the champagne. Vintage champagnes are aged at least 3 years before they are being released in the market. In Dom Perignon’s case, the first release is at least 9 years of age. That’s quite a difference with most vintage champagnes in the market.
- Plenitude – Each vintage is being released three times. The first release is 9 years of age, the second batch is 18 years, and the last batch would be 25 years. You’ll know what batch each bottle belongs to when the foil says either Vintage/P1 (first release), P2 (second batch) or P3 (third batch).
- Cuvee de Prestige – this can be considered as the cream of the crop or the best champagne a particular company or winery produces. In the case of Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon is its best product from the start.
- Premier Cru – this area is where you would likely be disappointed; just a tiny bit though. With the prestige it has been enjoying throughout the years, you would expect it to be labeled as Grand Cru. Although Moët & Chandon has access to all Grand Cru vineyards, it is known to blend other grapes from Premiere Crus with those from Grand Crus, which can actually technically be just as good. Still, you are assured of rigorous grape selection and riped to perfection and it gives more emphasis on the pH rather than the sugar content.
- Blanc le Blancs – these are the type of champagnes that are made purely of white grapes such as Chardonnay which is one of Dom Perignon’s styles.
- Blanc de Noirs – these are the opposite of Blanc le Blancs as these are made of black grapes like Pinot Noirs or Pinot Meunier. This is the other Dom Perignon’s style.
- Rose – this is usually a blend of white and red wine in order to create a pink wine before the secondary fermentation but not enough to consider it like red wine. This rose version was produced 26 select years from 1959 to 2006.
- Brut – this is the level of sweetness in champagne and this sweetness is being added at the disgorgement stage or the ejection of the sediments through the pressure in the bottle.
How Much Does Dom Perignon Champagne Cost?
Here are some of Dom Perignon’s champagne vintages that you could find in the market. Please note that these Dom Perignon champagne prices may vary depending on your location and the seller.
|Dom Perignon||2008||750ml||$170 to $200|
|Dom Perignon||2009||750ml||$138 to $168|
|Dom Perignon Oenotheque||1969||750ml||$1,709 to $1,900|
|Dom Perignon Oenotheque||1970||750ml||$1,799 to $2,000|
|Dom Perignon Oenotheque||1971||750ml||$1,709 to $1,900|
|Dom Perignon Oenotheque||1996||750ml||$380 to $385|
|Dom Perignon "P2" Brut Rose||1995||750ml||$730 to $799|
|Dom Perignon "P2" Brut Rose||1996||750ml||$675 to $780|
|Dom Perignon Brut Rose||2000||750ml||$360 to $460|
|Dom Perignon Brut Rose||2005||750ml||$300 to $400|
|Dom Perignon Michael Riedel Rose||2004||750ml||$300 to $350|
|Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Rose Vintage||2003||750ml||$400 to $500|
|Dom Perignon Jeff Koons Brut Vintage||2004||750ml||$250 to $300|
|Dom Perignon Iris Van Herpen Rose||2003||750ml||$360 to $400|
|Dom Perignon Iris Van Herpen Blanc||2004||750ml||$198 to $220|
|Dom Perignon David Lynch Gift||2003||750ml||$160 to $200|
|Dom Perignon Shield Gift Box||2002||750ml||$155|
|Dom Perignon Bjork||2006||750ml||$200 to $220|
|Dom Perignon||2009||1.5L||$504 to $560|
Dom Perignon, just like any other champagnes, has the distinct graceful bubbles and should ideally be served at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. To achieve this, you can refrigerate the bottle for two hours before serving.
If you were ambushed by your high school friends out of the blue and you don’t have two hours, soaking the bottle in a bucket filled with equal parts of ice and water with a handful of salt can do the trick in 10 to 15 minutes – just the right amount of time while you prepare the foods and the wine glasses.
It is best served in a traditional champagne flute glass. This is so because flute glass allows you to enjoy the aroma of the champagne while allowing the bubbles to rise up beautifully.
Just make sure to only open the bottle when you’re ready to drink because once you opened it, the quality deteriorates over time.
Because of its very distinct taste, experts have suggested the best foods to pair it with. Some of these are the following:
- Foie Gras
Some recommend salty food to go with Dom Perignon. It is even said to be best with crunchy chips since it resembles the champagne’s bubbly characteristics which can add to the overall enjoyment.
There were several notable celebrities and personalities that have joined the fray and enjoyed Dom Perignon. We have noted a few below:
- English Royale Wedding – It was chosen to be the official champagne during the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana on July 29, 1981, which, at that time, was priced at £ 2,576 or $4,309. It was a Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961, which actually was the year Lady Diana Spencer was born.
- Shah of Iran – In 1971, the Iranian royalty Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, ordered several bottles of Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 1959 for the celebration of the 2500th founding anniversary of the country. One bottle from this order was auctioned in 2008 for a whopping €24,758 or roughly $27,700.
- James Buchanan Duke – this billionaire and founder of the American Tobacco Company had ordered 100 bottles of Dom Perignon in the 1930s. From this order, several bottles were left under the care of her daughter. 17 of those were sold at an auction in 2004.