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Dom Pérignon 2005 Investment
Dom Pérignon is the prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon, but 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.
Richard Geoffrey, Chef de Cave, speaks of three ages of peak maturity in Dom Pérignon's life; the first after 7-8 years (the standard release - currently the 2004 vintage), the second at 12-20 years and a third at 35-40 years. Dom Pérignon makes these mature vintages available through extremely limited 'Oenothèque' releases, representing just 1-2% of only the most age-worthy vintages. Oenothèques are an attestation to the battery life of energy and youth contained within the lees in a bottle of champagne, capable of sustaining a bottle for a lifetime.
Since Moët & Chandon first produced its prestige cuvée in 1921, Dom Pérignon has enjoyed extraordinary brand recognition and worldwide distribution. 'The Dom' is a wine of tension, power and long-aging endurance and has been the vision of the talented Richard Geoffrey for over two and a half decades.
The 2005 Vintage
Over 18 months after the 2004 vintage release, we finally have a new vintage Dom Pérignon: the unique 2005 vintage. What makes this such a special release is the extremely limited production – due to restricted selection, the 2005 vintage is estimated at 75% smaller than the 2004 – the smallest vintage in Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy’s occupancy at Dom Pérignon and the second smallest since 1971.
Furthermore, being a world-renowned brand, Dom Pérignon is a popular Champagne for restaurant, hotel and nightclub consumption and as it is rapidly consumed over the coming months and the already limited supply begins to diminish quickly, the price is likely to rise. The somewhat continuous supply of the 2004 vintage will not be experienced here with the 2005 and indeed, due to the reduced quantity, the release schedule is only going to be held for 6 months – with the 2006 vintage likely to be released later this year or in early 2016. As such, the window for purchase here is much shorter than with previous releases and the limited stock available will diminish fast.
The Champagne itself is also extremely distinctive; a special blend from Dom Pérignon. Containing the highest historical percentage of Chardonnay (60%), it is a well-balanced and already quit evolved wine. Antonio Galloni of VinousMedia.com scored it a commendable 95/100 and commented: “The 2005 Dom Pérignon is incredibly delicate, understated and silky, with gorgeous textural balance and class.” With a 17.5/20 rating from Jancis Robinson MW to boot, this a Champagne that is not only unique for its limited production, but also a fantastic Champagne to drink: powerfully complex and intensely fruity – another masterpiece from Richard Geoffroy.
Looking at the 5-year performance of Dom Pérignon 2002, which has experienced an impressive 28% market value increase, shows vintage Dom Pérignon’s potential for market value appreciation.
Dom Pérignon also experiences an excellent vintage premium, increasing extensively in value with age as supply diminishes; crucial for investment potential. As the table below shows, the 1998 vintage (which scored lower than the 2005 and is generally considered an average Dom Pérignon) is already valued at £700 - a 103% increase on its release price.
|Dom Pérignon price and scores by vintage|
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With superb ratings from the world’s leading wine critics and the second smallest vintage since 1971, Dom Pérignon 2005 is a vintage Champagne with great short and long-term investment potential.
Data as at 10th September 2015
Antonio Galloni, VinousMedia.com - 95/100 - ““The 2005 Dom Pérignon is incredibly delicate, understated and silky, with gorgeous textural balance and class. Today, the 2005 comes across as a smaller-scaled version of the 2004 in that it is a Dom Pérignon built on finesse rather than the power that characterizes vintages such as 2002 and 2003. Today, the 2005 is a bit inward and not fully expressive, which is a good sign for the future. Still, given its mid-weight structure and previous showings, my impression is that the 2005 is best suited to near and medium-term drinking. Then again, Dom Pérignon has a brilliant track record for aging. Any way you look at it, though, there is little question Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy made one of the two or three Champagne of the vintage in 2005. As I have written previously, 2005 will be a very small release by Dom Pérignon standards. So much so, that the 2006 is likely to be released by the end of 2015.”
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com – 18/20 - “Disgorged in late 2013 in order to be released in March 2015. The nose is immediately big, broad and almost sweet with a strong sensation of baked apple. This wine is already quite open – quite a contrast with the usual much tenser impression given by young Dom Pérignons. Relatively light and pretty, this is a pleasing, well balanced, relatively evolved wine with the lightest of bitter notes on the finish. But it’s unlikely to go down in history as one of the great Dom Ps.”
Wine Valuation & Selling
Customers who purchase from The Finest Bubble and cellar with us will have access to independent valuation data from Liv-ex for Champagne held in their reserves through an online personal account. When you come to sell your Champagne, The Finest Bubble may make an offer to buy depending on market conditions, however you are not tied to selling through us. If you need us to assist in selling the champagne we can do this for a 4% charge. There are no costs for providing this valuation information.
We have presented information that shows the historical case for Dom Pérignon as an investment and any forward looking statements are forecasts and not guarantees. Since the value of any investment can go down as well as up we recommend you consult with an accredited financial expert before making investment decisions.
We are able to help you with our opinion on what champagnes and which vintages we believe offer the right qualities to consider cellaring for 5-10 years and help with up to the minute market data showing valuations, trends and transaction quantity for every champagne. We are not able to offer financial advice or advice on investments.
To discuss this further please contact Nick or Chris 020 7359 1608 or email us via the contact page.Last Updated: 10th September 2015