Premier tasting of the 2010 ‘Cuvée Dom Pérignon’ with chef des caves Vincent Chaperon yesterday.
FUN FACTS on Dom Pérignon
Dom Perignon as a brand was first registered by Eugene Mercier and later sold to Moet & Chandon. The first vintage of this prestige cuvee Champagne (the first of its kind, born of an idea proposed by Englishman Laurence Venn), was created in 1921 but not released for sale until 1936, where it received immediate attention – James Buchanan Duke, billionaire tobacco tycoon, ordered 100 bottles for himself straight away.
It’s interesting that the brand should receive such immediate acclaim, as until the 1943 vintage Dom Perignon was produced from regular vintage Moet & Chandon Champagne that was simply transferred to special 18th century-style bottles after extended cellaring. Since the 1947 vintage, however, Dom Perignon has been produced individually with varying compositions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes each vintage year and has continued to enjoy global acclaim under the ongoing management of Moet & Chandon.