2004 75CL Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon | Friarwood Fine Wines

2004 Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon

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  • Type: Sparkling White
  • Grape: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
  • Style: Mellow and Flamboyant
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Country: France
  • Region: Champagne
  • Subregion: Epernay
Established in 1743 by Claude Moët, Moët et Chandon is one of the most prominent producers in Champagne, producing around 28 million bottles annually. They were the first Champagne house to produce only sparkling wines, and worked tirelessly to promote the style both in the royal court of France and internationally. The name Dom Perignon, a registered but unused brand under the ownership of Champagne Mercier, came into the possession of Moët in 1927 by marriage. In 1936 a short release of older-vintage wine caused a stir in the press, and Marketing Director Robert-Jean de Vogüé struck upon the idea of releasing an expensive prestige Cuvee under the Dom Perignon brand. This Cuvee was, initially, simply a re-bottling of the Moet 1921 vintage, but from 1943 the brand became increasingly separate from the rest of the company. Vineyards, some of the finest in the region, have been purchased exclusively to produce Dom Perignon; production quantities, a closely-guarded secret, are likely in excess of 2 million bottles from each vintage.

A blend of 53% Pinot Noir & 47% Chardonnay, the 2004 vintage offers generosity with the late Indian summer the grapes have enjoyed right before harvest. Aged 8 years on its lees before release, 2004 shows opulent ripe fruit and elegance at the same time. The flavoured ripe fruits of peach, red grapefruit and guava blend well with the toast creme brulee and the toasted brioche. This Champagne is at its peak drinking window as of 2023 but will continue to amaze palates all the way until the mid-2030s.

Deviled eggs with smoked salmon, Dover sole with brown butter and caper sauce as well as gamey birds like pigeon and roast mallard. 

Dom Perignon was a Benedictine monk, and a cellar master at the Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvilliers. His job, ironically enough, was to keep the bubbles out of the delicate, slightly sweet red wines Champagne was famous for, French glass could not withstand the build-up of pressure and could explode, in extreme cases, if secondary fermentation in the bottle took place. Dom Perignon did excellent work for winemaking in the region of Champagne, but he did not invent the Champagne method.

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