Tasting note – 1964 Dom Pérignon

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Richard Juhlin

During the last auction @ Bukowskis in Sweden 1964 Dom Pérignon was sold. Read Richard Juhlins review & tasting note. [read the full champagne story] 

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Dom Pérignon – the name alone makes most of us break out in a delightful smile. When we think of this 17th-century monk from Hautvillers – so often pointed out as the father of Champagne – we either regard him with historical reverence, or associate his name with the proudest of all wine labels and everything else that follows in its glamorous, sparkling wake. Just imagine all the classic movie scenes that have been sweetened by a bottle of Dom Pérignon.

A lesser-known fact is that all of Dom Pérignon’s vintages up to 1943 were actually regular Moët vintages that were transferred by transversage to replicas of eighteenth-century bottles. 

Bond movies usually spring to mind. Countless times I’ve sat and sighed over agents with a license to kill: villains and exquisite women in seductively luxurious surroundings, all revelling in icy Dom Pérignon. Most champagne enthusiasts have their favourite scene. Mine is when Scaramanga, the man with the golden gun, shoots the cork off a bottle carried on a tray by his dwarfish servant Nic-Nack, along a now-famous Thai beach.

The most comical scene must be when Sean Connery is served a 1957 Dom Pérignon, a vintage that never existed. Brilliant research!

1964 Dom Pérignon

Tasting note ‘Believe it if you want, but if possible, the 64 is a straw sharper than the 66. Winner in a tasting with twelve of the best vintages from Dom Pérignon, Krug and Bollinger. This wine combined the great nutty elderly notes with a very young acid and fresh attack. A wine that has everything, where the butterscotch cream flavor is separated from the fruit and nut flavors. Just this butterscotch stays all the way, and alone is the exceptionally long aftertaste. One of my three winners at the grand Millennium Tasting at Villa Pauli. Then never quite as impressive.’


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