Dom Perignon Champagne 2000
1 or more bottles$480.90
James Halliday97 points
2002 was one of the all-time great vintages in Champagne and this is a brilliant release from the incredibly consistent Dom Perignon that is perfect for drinking now. A blend of 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot Noir sourced solely from Grands and Premiers Crus, it exhibits wonderfully intense aromas of rich stone fruits and lightly toasted almonds, with alluring floral nuances.
Critic Scores & reviews
"I am a no-holds-barred Dom addict, but I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed with the '99 vintage, which seemed altogether too delicate, verging on outright simplicity. I have no such reservations about the 2000 vintage, which has the Dom hallmark fluid line and feline grace encouraging the rapid consumption of glass after glass. Along the way you will find notes of nectarine, cherry, brioche and cream, which build into a gloriously long and even finish. It will continue to develop in bottle for decades to come."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.
Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.
Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.
Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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About the brand Dom Pérignon
Dom Pérignon was a French Benedictine monk who lived from 1638 to 1715 and is best known for his work at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers in the Champagne region of France. As a cellar master, he developed the méthode champenoise, a winemaking technique involving a secondary fermentation in the bottle that creates carbon dioxide and gives Champagne its signature bubbles.
While Dom Pérignon did not invent Champagne, he greatly improved the quality of the wine with his innovative techniques and became synonymous with the high standards and excellence of Champagne production. His contributions to the Champagne industry were so significant that the renowned Champagne house Moët & Chandon named their luxury cuvée after him. Dom Pérignon champagne is highly sought after by wine enthusiasts around the world and is often regarded as one of the finest and most prestigious Champagne brands.
Dom Pérignon's legacy lives on through his impact on the Champagne industry, and his name remains closely associated with the history and tradition of this iconic French wine.