Dom Pérignon (1639-1715) was a Bénédictin monk born in France. Dom Perignon, known for his brilliant mind, becomes for 47 years, Prosecutor and Administrator of the Cellars of the abbey of Hautvilliers near Reims. At that period, Reims was the town of the sacrament of the kings of France and the wine produced here was famous for mass celebration. Dom Pérignon was a wine expert. May be because he was blind, he was endowed with an outstanding sense of smell and palate. He was able to recognize which grapes came from which vineyards. He had the brilliant idea to assemble the wines between them in such a way that qualities of the ones are added to those of the others. Dom Pérignon knew of the particular characteristic of the white wine of Aÿ, the wine of Champagne.
The 2009 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Ripe apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. The vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in it the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2016.