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Dom Pérignon Björk Limited Edition 2006 ChampagneDom Pérignon is the prestige cuvée of prestige cuvées made in amazing volumes yet it has sheer class ensuring it's one of the best of its competitors. The production, style and sheer class of the wines are so distinguishable, the two brands are best considered autonomous. Dom Pérignon is produced on premises in Épernay and is based on a core of Grand Cru villages, including the oldest vines of the Premier Cru of Hautvillers, the historical and spiritual home of Dom Pérignon. 'The Dom' is a wine of tension, power and long-aging endurance and has been the vision of the talented Richard Geoffroy, Chef de Cave, for over two and a half decades.
The 2006 vintage is the fifth consecutive Dom Pérignon release beginning with the renowned 2002. With similar weather characteristics as the 2002 the 2006 vintage was overall hot and dry, the vines grew in fits and starts with a heat wave during July being overtaken by a cool and humid August. The ultimate factor was the summery weather during September, allowing the grapes to mature far more than usual. As a result, the harvest was the longest on record, four weeks beginning on 11th September.
Initial impressions on the nose are of floral and ripe tropical fruits, opening to a more candied fruit and toasted notes. On the palate an increasing level of creaminess and complexity, which is certain to develop as time passes. It's a Champagne showing true hallmarks of a superb vintage which given time will position itself as one of the vintages of the decade.
To celebrate the launch of the first Plenitude of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2006, Björk and her music director Chris Cunningham created this limited edition label. They crafted the distinctive limited edition calling it from earth to heart, experiencing both light and warmth in the 2006 vintage.
Together, the creators envisioned a shining beacon of exuberant earthy green light for the Blanc that shines down on the bottle from above, visually piercing the glass with its glow. The shards of light that escape from its echo the feeling during its tasting, bearing witness to the unequivocal sensation that crosses the mind as Dom Pérignon's champagne penetrates the heart, and warms it in its unique and indefinable light.
Grape Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
Dosage: 5 g/L
Dom Pérignon Björk Limited Edition 2006 Champagne: same day delivery in London, next day UK mainland & free delivery on 6+ bottles. Dom Perignon Overview Vintage Overviews Grand & Premier Crus Explained
“The 2006 Dom Pérignon is a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004. Bass notes and a feeling of phenolic grip on the finish recall the 2003, as the Pinot Noir is particularly expressive today. After an irregular summer that saw elevated temperatures in July followed by cooler, damp conditions in August, more favorable weather returned in September, pushing maturation ahead and leading to a long, protracted harvest. The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Pérignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002.”
“Tasted blind. Pale greenish gold. Intense youthful nose. Dense and tense. Youthful with some sweetish creaminess. Slightly chewy on the end. 2006? ”
“The 2006 is a bold and ripe Dom Pérignon full of exuberant tropical fruit and vanilla notes, topped up with the hallmark fragrant, gunpowder and toast character. It has a broad, rich mid-palate and a truly dry, salient finish with a phenolic touch of a ripe year. The fruitiness is polished and bright and there is fine, balanced freshness to it. This vintage is built to last, it is still tight but packed with fleshy fruitiness. ””
An interview with Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon Cellar Master wine-searcher.com, 20th March 2013
Dom Perignon Overview
Uniquely only available as a vintage Champagne produced in exceptional years from just two grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Dom Pérignon is an iconic wine with an unrivalled heritage.
Nestled in the heart of Champagne on a hillside overlooking the Marne Valley, the Abbey of Hautvillers is the House of Dom Pérignon's historic birthplace. It was founded in around 650 by Saint Nivard, the Archbishop of Reims. It was destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions, but finally rose from its ashes in the 16th century with the help of Catherine de Médicis. It was in this exceptional place that Dom Pérignon pursued his ambition to create the "best wine in the world" for 47 years.
Dom Pierre Pérignon one of the Benedictine Monks, was appointed cellar master and charged with improving the quality of their wine, at a time when most wines of the time were red and Champagne being so northerly, it wasn't really warm enough for red wine production.
At the time this cooler area of France saw later harvests and so the wines often hadn't finished fermentation before the cold winter set in. So this meant the wines which needed bottling to prevent spoiling often still had sweetness. Spring came and warmed up the bottles and the fermentation started again in bottle, often bottles exploded and the fizz was seen as an imperfection. Dom Pierre Pérignon at the time tried hard to improve a number of vineyard practices, grape pressing techniques and brought in stronger glass from England and by default produced cleaner white wines with a light fizz, sealed with a cork, firmly tied down! The Abbey at Hautvillers became an important supplier of wine to events at Reims Cathedral and to the Royal Household.
It was nearly 100 years later in the early 1800 before this process was perfected closer to what we see today and know as Champagne, but much of the practices we see today in making Champagne trace their origins back to Dom Pierre Pérignon's time at the Abbey. In recognition of his work when Dom Pierre Pérignon died in 1715 he was granted special rights to be buried in the abbey, space normally reserved for the Abbots.
The philosophy, vision and spirit of Dom Pérignon are incarnated in his Manifesto, a document which explains the ten basic principles guiding winemaking at the House. Dom Pérignon can only be a vintage and blended. Each year, the Chef de Cave reinvents the House style with different grapes, creating a unique vintage, a perfect balance between the expression of Dom Pérignon and the expression of the vintage itself. It is made using a subtle blend of two grape varieties - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - which are taken from the very best vineyards in Champagne.
The wines owe their complexity to the slow ripening of the grapes, which conserves freshness while revealing new aromas and new textures with the passing of time. These aromas, which develop in the wines as they are protected from oxygen during the ageing process, guarantee exceptional cellaring potential and a characteristic minerality which is an aromatic signature of the House.
Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy makes the decision each year as to whether or not the vintage will be declared: "If the fruit we have harvested doesn't satisfy the Dom Pérignon criteria, there will not be a vintage that year." This vision is tangible through the subtle balance that characterizes the House Champagnes: an alliance of complexity and intensity. Slow maturation means that each vintage has wonderful ageing potential and can be presented in three Plenitudes.