Dom Pérignon, the prestige brand of Moët & Chandon, has always only released champagnes from excellent vintages. As a rule, the Brut creations are stored on the yeast for about eight years. Attentive friends of Dom Pérignon will certainly have noticed that the 2009 vintage was published BEFORE the 2012 vintage. This is because Richard Geoffroy, the cellar master who is departing with the 2008 vintage, felt that he needed a little more time to mature.
The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 represents Geoffroy’s farewell after 28 years of craftsmanship. He will be followed by Vincent Chaperon as Dom Pérignon’s new cellar master from 1 January 2019. Chaperon has worked closely with Geoffroy since 2005, learning from a true master how to make genuine champagne. The Vintage 2008 represents a collaboration between the two that could hardly be more perfect.
Of course, the weather also played an important role. Spring and summer of 2008 were rather mild and dark in Champagne. At first, the grapes could not be pampered by sunlight and warmth. It was not until September that the sun came out more often, and a north-north-easterly wind favoured an even effect of higher temperatures. Harvesting was delayed so that the vines could still benefit from the nice weather. For the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008, which you buy here with the beautiful gift box, the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes were used. The champagne was stored on the yeast for about 9 years.
The aroma of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 already promises a lot. It surpasses the usual complexity and shines with a wealth of nuances. Stone fruits, citrus fruits and white flowers meet anise, mint and toasted notes of spicy and woody character.