Dom Perignon 2010 Brut, Champagne, France
Dom Pérignon 2010 Brut, Champagne, France
- Farming: Sustainable
- Winemaker/Chef du Cave: Vincent Chaperon
- Dom Perignon was a monk who took over winemaking production at the Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668. He is credited with pioneering major innovations in winemaking. Today the Abbey of Hautvillers continues to be the heart and soul of Dom Perignon. Dom Perignon has rare access to all 17 Grand Cru vineyards in Champagne, France and the Premier Cru of the Abbey of Hautvillers.
- Grape Varieties: Grand Crus Vineyards and the Premier Cru of the Abbey of Hautvillers. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
- Vinification/Oak Usage: The champagne has aged for 8 years in the cellar, and sees only stainless steel in elevage.
- Scores: 96 pts Wine Spectator, 97 pts James Suckling, 96 pts Decanter
2010. Winter was rigorous, spring dry and late. After a particularly sunny decade, such freshness was surprising. Summer was hot, but not excessively so. Then, two days of diluvian rain brought this ideal trajectory to a halt. In just a few days, botrytis mold developed on the grapes, mainly on the pinot noir.
This triggered a race against the clock. The grapes were not yet fully mature, but a decision had to be made quickly. Dom Pérignon deployed its full resources to trace a precise map delimiting the maturity and health of each parcel in its vineyards. Every minute counted.
This expert vision of the situation gave the possibility of saving excellent plots of pinot noir grapes. The challenge was met, Dom Pérignon declared a vintage quite literally “saved from the waters”: Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010, fruit of intuition and mastery.