In a nutshell: This most well known of Prestige Cuvée Champagnes is a real treat with wonderful floral aromas and a creamy palate.
The lowdown: Such is Dom Pérignon's fame and reputation this is a wine that barely needs introduction. It's a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which is aged for at least 8 years before release, each vintage being a new and distinctive expression of their style. On the nose there's a medley of tropical fruits and white flowers along with citrus and orange peel hints which is followed on the palate by a real richness and generosity of flavours which play across the tongue. The finish is amazingly long, bright and invigorating.
When to drink: It certainly doesn't disappoint and is the most impressive of aperitifs and great with fresh seafood.
One of the most celebrated of all champagne brands Dom Pérignon is owned by Moët & Chandon. While a lot of myth and legend surrounds the name of Dom Pérignon principally as 'the inventor of Champagne' which is rather overstating things he was, nevertheless, a key person in its development. He was a monk who lived in the Abbey of Hautvillers near Épernay in the late 17th century and was responsible for a lot of improvements in viticultural and winemaking practices in the area, gaining a good reputation in the process. It wasn't until after his death that things became a bit more embellished, creating good back story that's the secret of many a brand's success. Moët & Chandon acquired the brand in the first half of the twentieth century and used it to create a prestige cuvée and the rest, as they say, is history.