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Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1996 Champagne 75cl
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The first release (P1) comes approximately 8 years after the harvest and is the style that most consumers are familiar with. The second stage (P2) takes roughly 15 years, during which time the cuvée takes a profound leap to a new quality level where it will plateau for many years in terms of improvement. Finally, the third plénitude (P3) will see the champagne ageing another 20-30 years until it reaches its ultimate peak. Initially these mature vintages were made available under limited release called “Oenothèque” but were re-braned in 2014 as “Plénitude”. Read more about the Plénitude concept here.
Weather: The 1996 season was full of contrasts with an unpredictable summer, but remains famous as a high-sugar, high-acid champagne vintage. In the months before picking, the spells of hot weather and the influence of north-easterly winds contributed to the initial maturity of the grapes. Initially lauded as the best since 1990 (maybe better!), it is undergoing a slight re-appraisal at the moment, as with some of the white Burgundies. High acidity and a tendency to oxidise appear peculiar bed-fellows, but the phenomenon has been noted with one or two champagnes.
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 15 years on the lees
Dosage: 6 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030
Tasting Note: A pale colour with an immediately apparent complexity on the bouquet. Dense yet wonderfully racy, this shows amazing freshness and depth of fruit. Full-bodied without the high-acid profile of the vintage, the flavours evoke citrus and smoke. This Oenothèque 1996, enjoying what Richard Geoffroy describes as its 'second plénitude' of development, is now taking on a biscuity, honied richness, with hints of tropic fruit, figs and hazelnut adding suitable complexity. One of the very best.
Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1996 does not have an individual branded gift box and will be delivered in our own TFB gift box.
Today, that legacy lives on. Produced in amazing volumes yet retaining its sheer class, Moët & Chandon's prestige cuvée is so distinguishable, the two brands are best considered autonomous. Based on a core of Grand Cru villages and the oldest vines of the Premier Cru of Hautvillers, 'The Dom' is a wine of tension, power and long-ageing endurance and has been the vision of talented Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy, for over two and a half decades. Geoffroy's unique winemaking philosophy is to allow the personality of each vintage to express itself and compliment it with the famous House style, rather than simply re-creating an identical blend each year.
Cellar Master: Richard Geoffroy
Winery Location: Épernay | Champagne, France
Champagne Region: Côte des Blancs
Annual Production (bottles): Undisclosed
DP Oeno '96 - 6th Highest Rated Champagne in last 25 years wine-searcher.com, 2nd May 2014
Champagne Investment Article The Wall Street Journal, 5th Sept 2013
An interview with Richard Geoffroy, Dom Perignon Cellar Master wine-searcher.com, 20th March 2013
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Dom Pierre Pérignon, one of the Benedictine Monks, was appointed Cellar Master and charged with improving the quality of their wine. At this time, most wines were red but with Champagne being so northerly, it wasn’t really warm enough for red wine production. This cooler region of France saw later harvests and so the wines often hadn’t finished fermentation before the cold winter set in. Spring then came, warmed up the bottles and the fermentation started again - this time in the bottles, which often exploded and the fizz was seen as an imperfection. Dom Pierre Pérignon tried hard to improve a number of vineyard practices and grape pressing techniques and even brought in stronger glass from England, producing cleaner white wines with a light fizz (sealed with a cork and 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 1800s that this process was perfected closer to what we call champagne today, but much of the practices still used in champagne production 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, a 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 each year the Chef de Cave reinvents the house style with different grapes, creating a unique champagne: 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 – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – which are taken from the very best vineyards in Champagne.
The champagnes 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.
Current 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 characterises the champagnes: an alliance of complexity and intensity. Slow maturation means that each vintage has wonderful ageing potential and can be presented in three Plénitudes.