Why is this Wine so Yummy?
From the Winery
2008 was dominated by grey, overcast skies – an exception in a decade characterized by bold, generous sunshine. Just when the harvest was getting underway, the weather conditions were finally perfect: blue skies and prolonged north-northeasterly winds. The grapes were riper than anyone dared hope, and had truly outstanding balance. The vines were in perfect health.
To the bracing acidity, concision and aromatic purity expected of the 2008 vintage, Dom Pérignon adds depth, density and complexity. The light is warmer and less harsh.
On the Nose
The opening bouquet is complex and luminous, a mingling of white flowers, citrus and stone fruit. The overall effect is enhanced by the freshness of aniseed and crushed mint. The final aromas offered by the wine are starting to show spicy, woody and roasted notes.
On the Palate
After a long period of reluctance, the wine is finally opening up. There is complete balance between the nose and the palate. Its slender, minimalist, pure, toned, athletic character is now also expressed with warmth. The fruit is pronounced and clear. The vintage’s characteristic acidity is remarkably well integrated. Its persistence is mainly aromatic, grey, smoky and highly promising.
The wine enjoys duality: warmth & freshness, meat & iodine pairings, cooked & raw. Spices enhance and accentuate 2008’s effervescence and densify the wine. Dom Pérignon likes playful experiences: culinary art, textures, and matters.
Changing of the Guard
On January 1, 2019 Vincent Chaperon became the Dom Pérignon Chef de Cave. He succeeded Richard Geoffroy, with whom he has been working closely since 2005. This transmission is a compelling milestone in the history of Dom Pérignon, embodying a living heritage.
Throughout these past 13 years of intensive and close collaboration, Richard Geoffroy and Vincent Chaperon have nurtured continuous dialogue between their two approaches, as if they had been chosen through some predestined plan.
Vincent Chaperon took the responsibility for pursuing the Dom Pérignon quest. This entails three essential missions: take charge of the material legacy of existing vintages, embody the vision of Dom Pérignon and the intangible heritage passed on by Richard Geoffroy, and last but not least, carry on the commitment to vintages that defines the soul and raison d’être of Dom Pérignon, guiding it into the future.
Between 1990 and 2009 Richard Geoffroy declared no fewer than 15 vintages in the cellars of Dom Pérignon, expressing the creative ambitions of the Maison and its unwavering commitment to an aesthetic ideal. His interpretations of the Dom Pérignon vision gave birth to the creation of the Plénitudes and their vocation: express the successive plateaus of a champagne as it matures.
Richard Geoffroy has expanded, enriched, refined and shared the universe of Dom Pérignon experiences as never before. His explorations have encompassed collaborations with global culinary luminaries such as Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adrià or Jean-François Piège, as well as artists renowned for their creativity, including David Lynch, Jeff Koons, Lang Lang and Lenny Kravitz.
Since he began working alongside Richard Geoffroy in 2005, Vincent Chaperon has taken part in thirteen harvests and declared four vintages with him. They are, in the order in which they were declared, the 2005, 2006, 2009 and, most recently, 2008. Avid for lesser traveled paths and guided by a passion as observant as it is reasoned, Vincent Chaperon brings to the Dom Pérignon project his winemaker’s sensitivity and commitment to progress. In recent years, he has initiated bold explorations of Dom Pérignon and its creative heritage. Today, these initiatives have begun to inform the knowledge, perception, vision and experience of Dom Pérignon in inventive and unprecedented ways that are already inspiring the future.