La Maison Dom Pérignon
Nestled in the heart of Champagne, on a hill overlooking the Marne Valley, the former Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers is the historic birthplace of Dom Pérignon. It is in this exceptional establishment that Dom Pierre Pérignon pursued his ambition to create the “best wine in the world” and continued to do so for 47 years. Today, the abbey’s heritage, and whose cloister was restored in 2012, is a source of inspiration for Richard Geoffroy.
In the seventeenth century, Dom Pierre Pérignon fed his ambition to create the “best wine in the world”. This visionary and audacious spirit went as far as to invite himself to the Sun King’s table, won over by the quality of his wine. Three centuries later, the Dom Pérignon House is pursuing the vision and craft of this outstanding artisan, considered the spiritual father of champagne.
Since his arrival in 2005 with Richard Geoffroy, Vincent Chaperon has taken part in thirteen harvests and with him announced four vintages: in chronological order, 2005, 2006, 2009 and the latest, 2008. Loving to take a detour, with a love of observation and reasoning, Vincent Chaperon brings the Dom Pérignon project his viticulture sensitivity and his commitment to progress. In recent years, he has opened audacious areas of research on Dom Pérignon and its creative heritage. Today, these projects fertilise the knowledge, perception, vision and experience of Dom Pérignon in an inventive, original way, already offering inspiration for the future.
It is now for Vincent Chaperon to continue the quest of Dom Pérignon champagne. A triple responsibility is entrusted to him: to deal with the material legacy of existing vintages, to incarnate the vision of Dom Pérignon and its immaterial inheritance transmitted by Richard Geoffroy, and finally to project into the future this commitment to the vintage, the raison d'être of Dom Pérignon champagne.
Each year, the Cellar Master reinvents the House’s style, creating a unique vintage, with the perfect balance between the expression of Dom Pérignon champagne and the expression of the year. It is made from a subtle blend of two grape varieties - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - with grapes from the best Champagne vintages.
The singularity of Dom Pérignon Champagne is evolving not only in a regular and linear manner, but also based on successive plateaus known as Plenitudes. The First Plenitude of Dom Pérignon, the fruit of more than nine years in production, is that of accomplished balance. P2 is the Second Plenitude of Dom Pérignon, the result of more than 16 years in production. The wine’s energy is at its peak. P3 is the Third Plenitude of Dom Pérignon, the result of more than 25 years in production. With greater complexity, the wine is at its most sublime.