Dom Perignon Champagne Buying Guide

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Dom Perignon Champagne Buying Guide

Since its inception in the 1930s, the name Dom Perignon has been synonymous with quality champagne. The champagne, which is produced only in vintages, attracts high prices and is sought after by celebrities, the global elite, and even royalty. You do not have to be extraordinarily wealthy to enjoy Dom Perignon, though. So long as you know what to look for, bottles of Dom Perignon can be purchased online for prices within your budget.

History of Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon champagne takes its name from a 17th century Benedictine monk famed for having revolutionized the process of making wine. He pioneered the idea of blending grapes to produce more interesting and better quality wines, using corks in wine bottles, and gently pressing grapes so their skins do not release their color. While Dom Pérignon can be credited with advancing the winemaking industry greatly, he was not in any way associated with the champagne, which now bears his name.

Dom Perignon champagne was first produced in 1921 by the large French winery Moët et Chandon, but not released until 1936. The winery was founded in the 1700s and rose to prominence in the 1800s with customers like Napoleon. After World War I, Moët wanted to reestablish its brand as a wine for the elite. They introduced Dom Perignon as the first cuvee champagne. Though the term cuvee is not regulated, in relation to champagne it refers to sparkling wines made with a traditional process.

The original Dom Perignon champagnes were just aged versions of the Moët et Chandon champagne which were put into a different style of bottle. The winery began producing a separate type of champagne specifically for Dom Perignon in 1947.

 

Characteristics of Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon champagne is known for being a very delicate champagne, tasting of floral notes and fruity flavors like peaches and lemon. Though delicate, the champagne also has great depth and complexity. Vintages have been noted to have hints of almond, smoke, dark berries, and tropical fruits. The champagne is also known for having a creamy texture on the palate.

As of 1959, Dom Perignon also makes a rose champagne. Dom Perignon Rose Champagne is also known for its delicate, creamy taste. However, it is an amber-rose color and has a spicy element, too.

To best enjoy Dom Perignon, the champagne should be served chilled at 50 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. This is champagne which merits a good champagne glass to concentrate the flavors.

 

Dom Perignon Vintages

Dom Perignon champagne is a vintage champagne. The winery only produces Dom Perignon in years that yielded the highest-quality grapes. Thus, Dom Perignon champagnes only exist for certain vintage years. After the champagne is produced, it is not released for a number of years to allow it to mature.

When buying Dom Perignon, it is important to realize that some vintages are considered much better than others. Some vintage years, such as 1961 (the vintage served at Princess Diana's wedding), also have collector's appeal.

The vintages of Dom Perignon that are available show the specific past years that produced champagne of a high-enough quality to be deemed a vintage for Dom Perignon. It also points out how Moet and Chandon freely skip years they don't feel are up to par. Vintages also may be reserved at the winery for years to mature before they are released.

 

Year

Dom Perignon Vintage?

Vintage of Dom Perignon Available?

1921

X

 

1926

X

 

1928

X

 

1929

X

 

1934

X

 

1943

X

 

1947

X

 

1949

X

 

1952

X

 

1953

X

 

1955

X

 

1959

X

X

1961

X

 

1962

X

X

1964

X

X

1966

X

X

1969

X

X

1970

X

 

1971

X

X

1973

X

X

1975

X

X

1976

X

 

1978

X

X

1980

X

X

1982

X

X

1983

X

 

1985

X

X

1986

X

X

1988

X

X

1990

X

X

1992

X

X

1993

X

X

1995

X

X

1996

X

X

1998

X

X

1999

X

 

2000

X

X

2002

X

X

2003

X

 

2004

X

 

Dom Perignon Vintage Age

While vintage year does matter, it is vintage age that really drives the price of Dom Perignon champagne. As the champagne ages and matures, it takes on a more complex and intriguing flavor with notes of coffee and smoke. Dom Perignon is considered to have three peaks of maturity.

First Peak of Maturity

About 7 years after vintage

Second Peak of Maturity

15-20 years after vintage

Third Peak of Maturity

25 years after vintage

Dom Perignon champagne is not released until it has met at least its first peak of maturity. When a cellar master decides that a vintage has met its second or third peak of maturity, it is released with the Oenotheque label.

Bottles of Dom Perignon which bear the Oenotheque label fetch higher prices. Likewise, original bottles of Dom Perignon that are aged over 15 years are also more valuable than younger vintages.

Storing Dom Perignon Safely

Dom Perignon is best consumed when it has reached its second or third peak maturity. Older vintages of Dom Perignon that have peaked are costly, so some champagne enthusiasts may instead want to buy younger vintages to age themselves. Aging Dom Perignon can also be a good investment as the champagne is likely to significantly increase in value over time.

When buying Dom Perignon for aging, it is crucial that you have the right storage facilities. Elements like light, heat, humidity, and air can destroy the integrity of the champagne. A proper wine cellar is necessary. Moet and Chandon recommends keeping their champagne at a steady temperature of 52 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Champagnes are particularly sensitive to light, so it is very important that the wine cellar is completely dark. Unlike wine storage, though, it is not necessary to store a bottle of champagne on its side in order to keep the cork damp. Champagne bottles are already humid inside so the cork should remain wet even if not turned on its side.

There are many different types of wine racks available for cellaring. However, wood wine racks are usually the best choice for prolonged storage because wood is sturdy and helps control humidity. Wood is also less likely than metal to tear bottle labels, important for investors who plan to resell aged bottles of Dom Perignon.

 

Getting the True Dom Perignon

It is important to take steps to ensure you are getting a genuine bottle when you buy Dom Perignon.

●  Buy only from reputable eBay sellers.

●  Look for products that are covered by eBay Buyer Protection.

●  For very valuable vintages of Dom Perignon, look for items with a Certificate of Authenticity from a reputable certifier.

●  Inspect the bottle label. Forgers often make slight mistakes when replicating the label.

●  Learn to identify the shape of Dom Perignon bottles and the glass used to make them.

●  Be suspicious of old vintages of Dom Perignon in which the label is in perfect condition. It is normal for the label to undergo some damage over time.

Ensuring the Integrity of Dom Perignon Champagne

Champagne must be properly stored to retain its quality. If the champagne was improperly stored, it could spoil and lose its taste and value. Thus, it is very important to ensure that your Dom Perignon seller has properly stored the champagne. Many reputable eBay sellers list how they store their champagnes. If the seller does not give such information, then do not buy Dom Perignon until you have received information about cellaring.

Buying Dom Perignon Champagne on eBay

Dom Perignon champagne is available in some wine stores. However, for the best selection and prices, it is wise to turn online. eBay is a particularly good place to buy Dom Perignon because it is used by many wine connoisseurs. In fact, if you are looking for collector's bottles or other valuable vintages of Dom Perignon, eBay may be the only place you will be able to find them. Enter keywords into the search box if you have a particular vintage in mind, for example "Dom Perignon 2002 Rose 750ml", to further refine your results.

Consider using eBay to fulfill all of your wine and spirits needs, no matter the occasion, from bottles to openers to glasses. 

Conclusion

Dom Perignon has developed a reputation for being one of the best champagnes in the world. Because of the high quality associated with the champagne, it is very valuable; thus buyers need to take caution to ensure they are getting a genuine, uncompromised bottle. As long as you purchase from a reputable seller, eBay is an excellent place to find Dom Perignon vintages and collectibles.

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