Who would have thought that a lone monk from the Benedictine abbey of Hautvillers would be the initiator of what many would claim to be the most loved Champagne House in the World? Yet this is exactly the case. Back in 1670, it was this man and his experimental attitude which resulted in the start of a timeless fascination with Champagne, grapes and researching and refining the most coveted traditional techniques available. Many years later, Dom Pérignon continued their innovative trend by sealing the end of the bottle with a cork. Secured in place by hemp – infused with oil for added effect – it was the first time anyone had considered using a cork to maintain the fresh new quality of a bottle, allowing it to last for an infinitely longer time and be enjoyed in much more relaxed fashion.
Of course, keeping the wine once in the bottle was one thing, but storing it so it could remain in the bottle for much longer was a harder task. Yet this seemed to happen with some ease, as, thanks to the chalk pits nearby, this obstacle soon became yet another tried-and-trusted step in the process.
The latest Vintage from this House is the 2007 variety – made from a wine selected from the year 1999. And Dom Perignon are certainly no stranger to attention when it comes to their Vintages. A fine example would be the event which occurred in 2004, when 17 bottles of the infamous 1921 Vintage were sold at Christie's and found to contain a bouquet including vanilla and praline. Far from being just any bottles, these ones came from the home of the founder of the American Tobacco Company.