It is always lovely to unbox a new vintage of Dom Pérignon. Richard Juhlin was invited to a tasting with chef de caves Vincent Chaperon to taste the new 2004 Dom Pérignon ‘P2’ (to be launched later this fall).
In 1668, Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon was appointed cellérier – administrator – of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers. For the next forty-seven years he strived to make “the best wine in the world”. Dom Pérignon’s creative ambition is a perpetual quest for harmony as a source of emotion.
With its remarkable ease and generosity, the 2004 winemaking year stands out in the history of Dom Pérignon.
The year was completely the opposite of 2003, and the vines developed with great regularity and without incident, resulting in substantial yields of large grapes.
While the weather was generally anything but extreme – even though August was a bit cool – the dry heat of the final weeks really shaped the vintage. The harvest began on September 24th, providing grapes that were both in excellent health and superbly ripe.