Dom Perignon


Dom Pérignon Vintage 1996 |Prestige |1996

Dom Perignon

Dom Pérignon Vintage 1996

Prestige 1996

$795.00

- An exceptional vintage from a famous Grande Marque.

- The Millenium vintage made to last.

- For simplicity, have on its own or pair with Caviar. 

When you combine the most iconic champagne with the best vintage of the century, you end up with a gem. This Dom Pérignon Vintage 1996 is a real treasure for champagne connoisseurs, with extremely limited stock. 

The year 1996 was full of contrasts and the summer changeable, with the wetter periods never quite making up for the earlier hydric deficit. Eventually, in the month before grape-picking (September 16), it was as much the spells of hot weather as the influence of north-easterly winds that led to the original maturity of the vintage. 

On the nose: White peach, candied lemons, vanilla, praline and white pepper. On the palate: the first pour reveals a wine that shows no immediate signs of having spent the last two decades in a bottle: a surprisingly light, barely golden, yellowish hue with a millions of tiny bubbles. The initial taste has that wonderful signature Dom Pérignon touch: a flowery/fruity twist of fresh exotic fruits, pear and green apples blending with jasmine flowers on a mineral backdrop of limestone and chalk. Only in the aftertaste does it reveal its true age as a myriad of deeper, aged notes – toasted brioche, nuts, mushrooms and coffee – start fighting for attention against the immediate freshness.

Our advice: let it air for half an hour to give time to the aroma to develop. With time in the glass, it opened up fully, rewarding us with a fruitiness that warped from fresh and vibrant into notes of baked apples and poached pears on a bed of secondary notes of baked sourdough, mushrooms, cream and toffee.

Maturity: drink now up to 2023. 

This iconic house posses the name of the man who is believed to be the god father of Champagne. Lead by enigmatic winemaker Richard Geoffroy, he has continued to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with and has been turning out great vintages and even far more superlative second release cuvées in the P2 range.  Geoffroy believes that champagnes age in plenitudes. This super talented winemaker has a theory that champagnes in the wine-makers cellars head off on a period of change and development then reach a plateau before heading off on another journey of increased complexity and development. As such, great vintages of Dom Pérignon are held back in the cellar with the yeast inside the bottle to allow the wine to take on another stratosphere of complexity and depth. Enter P2 - a wine that must be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime and more if you can justify it!   

We would first recommend having this wine on its own without cuisine. It is a fascinating wine of considerable depth, layers and complexity. Please do not serve this wine in a narrow flute, it must be in an Emperor Champagne Tulip or a white wine glass. After you have slowly enjoyed a glass you could add cuisine to the experience. We are in caviar country, the house suggests "fried artichokes, sea bass, peach salad and Kombu; grilled potato chips, milk foam and caviar." 

About the house 

This iconic house posses the name of the man who is believed to be the god father of Champagne. Lead by enigmatic winemaker Richard Geoffroy, he has continued to prove that he is a force to be reckoned with and has been turning out great vintages and even far more superlative second release cuvées in the P2 range.  Geoffroy believes that champagnes age in plenitudes. This super talented winemaker has a theory that champagnes in the wine-makers cellars head off on a period of change and development then reach a plateau before heading off on another journey of increased complexity and development. As such, great vintages of Dom Pérignon are held back in the cellar with the yeast inside the bottle to allow the wine to take on another stratosphere of complexity and depth. Enter P2 - a wine that must be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime and more if you can justify it!   

Food Suggestion 

We would first recommend having this wine on its own without cuisine. It is a fascinating wine of considerable depth, layers and complexity. Please do not serve this wine in a narrow flute, it must be in an Emperor Champagne Tulip or a white wine glass. After you have slowly enjoyed a glass you could add cuisine to the experience. We are in caviar country, the house suggests "fried artichokes, sea bass, peach salad and Kombu; grilled potato chips, milk foam and caviar." 

Descriptors & Texture


Exotic Rich Creamy

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Toasty Brioche Butter Coffee Vanilla Baked Apple Malt Biscuit

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Stone Fruit


Peach