2013 Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon

2013 Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon

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Type: Sparkling White
Grape: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Style: Mellow and Flamboyant
Alcohol: 12%
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Subregion: Épernay

Founded by Claude Moët in 1743, Moët et Chandon holds a prestigious place in the world of Champagne, crafting an impressive 28 million bottles every year. It was the first Champagne house to focus solely on the production of sparkling wines, solidifying its reputation amongst the French royal court and across the globe. The cherished Dom Perignon brand became part of Moët's collection in 1927 through a fortuitous marriage. An unexpected stir caused by the release of an older-vintage wine in 1936 inspired Marketing Director Robert-Jean de Vogüé to offer a luxury Cuvee under the Dom Perignon name. Initially just a rebottling of the 1921 Moët vintage, the brand underwent a transformation from 1943 onwards, gradually becoming distinct from its parent company. Dom Perignon's exclusive vineyards are home to some of the finest grapes in the region. The amount produced from each vintage remains a secret, although speculation suggests it may surpass 2 million bottles.

The 2013 vintage presents a harmonious alchemy of 49% Pinot Noir and 51% Chardonnay, its character deepened by a 5g/l dosage. The olfactory journey begins with verdant undertones of eucalyptus, mint, and vetiver, subtly transitioning into the luscious, sun-kissed hues of mirabelle plums, apricots, and fragrant orange blossom. Delicate whispers of pepper, cardamom, liquorice, and toasted hints punctuate the aroma, concluding on a distinctive saline note. The sensory experience is refined and sumptuously textured, with a compelling saline finish.

Perfectly suited to seared scallops with a light citrus glaze, a rich crab bisque, or an indulgent truffle pasta, these choices will harmonize beautifully with the wine's multifaceted character.

The namesake of this wine, Dom Perignon, was a Benedictine monk and cellar master at the Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers. His primary objective, quite paradoxically, was to remove the bubbles from the semi-sweet red wines that were the hallmark of the Champagne region at the time. Although he didn't pioneer the Champagne method, his contributions significantly shaped the winemaking practices of the region. The 2013 Dom Perignon, an embodiment of the distinct conditions of its vintage, pays homage to this enduring legacy.

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