The venerable Champagne house created Dom Pérignon in 1921 as its top cuvée. The vintage was not released, however, until 1936. Originally produced from aged, vintage Moët & Chandon, the brand switched to a distinctly unique production for Dom Pérignon in the ‘40s. Each bottling of Dom Pérignon contains grapes only from a single year, showcasing that vintage’s unique characteristics. Dom Pérignon does not produce a non-vintage wine, prioritizing quality over quantity.
The 2012 Dom Pérignon is developing very nicely on cork, exhibiting a complex bouquet of pear, confit citrus fruits, honeycomb, buttered toast, iodine and nuts framed by a deft touch of youthful reduction. Full-bodied, rich and muscular, with a layered core of fruit and a pillowy mousse, it’s a vinous, vibrant Champagne that concludes with a saline finish. [96 Points, William Kelley – August 2022, robertparker.com]