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Dom Perignon Champagne launches on Vintage Seekers

Joining Vintage Seekers’ curated listings of wine and champagne will be three rare Dom Perignon vintages: two cases of Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000 (£483.59 +VAT for a case of six) and just two bottles of each of the 1969 and 1971 Dom Pérignon Oenothéque (both £629.31 +VAT per bottle).

The Dom Pérignon Rosé, presented on Vintage Seekers in a limited edition metallic shield pack, has been described as the ‘jewel’ of Dom Pérignon by their chef de cave, Richard Geoffroy. The first bottles of Dom Pérignon Rosé were released in 1971 to mark the 2,500th anniversary of the foundation of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. On that occasion, 863 magnums of Dom Pérignon Rosé were served to the crowned heads attending a magnificent dinner in Persepolis.

Dubbed ‘the king of champagnes’, Dom Pérignon is considered to be one of the best in the world: it was served at the wedding reception of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles in 1981 and at the dinner given at the US Embassy in Paris for Charles de Gaulle and John F. Kennedy in 1961.

To achieve the Dom Pérignon style, vintages are only released after seven years of aging. A small portion of each vintage is kept on the lees even longer, to continue the evolution and magnify its natural qualities. When a vintage is released for the second time, having reached the second peak of maturity, it merits the “Œnothèque” (Wine Library) label. Only one person - the Dom Pérignon cellar master - can decide if and when to re-release a vintage.

by S. C.
01 november 2011, Food & Fun > Tastes

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