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Dom Pérignon P2 2000: Second ‘Plénitude’ of its millennium vintage champagne

Some things take time to perfect. In the case of Dom Pérignon’s P2 2000, a good 17 years was spent ageing the second “Plenitude” of their Millennium vintage. The French winemakers have unveiled a worthy follow-up to their 2000 vintage champagne.

Aged on lees from 2001 to 2016, Dom Pérignon’s latest offering bears all the hallmarks that we have come to expect from the famous champagne house. Like its predecessor released back in 2008, the P2 2000 is composed of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir. However, thanks to an extended period of maturation, the latter boasts a more vivid, energetic taste.

From just a sip of the P2 2000, it’s easy to tell that the extra 9 years spent in Dom Pérignon’s Epernay cellars have paid off. The lees have done their magic in transforming the rich, rounded taste of the Dom Pérignon 2000 into one that is younger and livelier for the P2 2000.

Credit should also be given to the natural cork closures of the P2 2000 bottles. Unlike crown caps which are typically used for vintage champagnes, the natural cork preserves the freshness of the wine a lot better. Granted, a crown cap would have produced a more consistent wine, but the allure of the P2 2000 lies in its unmistakable zest.

It goes without saying that Dom Pérignon spends a lot of time fine-tuning the little details. (After all, that is only to be expected of a company owned by the prestigious Moët & Chandon.) In that vein, the brand only produces vintage champagne in years when quality allows. As its name suggests, the millennium vintage champagne was made from grapes harvested in 2000. That year was marked for its particularly challenging summer: mostly gloomy up to the sunny days of August. However, it was this very climate that has made all the difference in the quality of the wine — as Dom Pérignon has proven, once again.

Quality Champagne No Riddle for Remueurs

In a humid, dimly lit cellar of French Champagne house Ruinart, Cyril Guisant turns by hand some 60 bottles tilted downward in an A-frame-shaped rack. He is one of the “remueurs“, or riddlers, who with the dedication of a monk to tradition manually rotates the bottles of the great Champagne makers to loosen the sediment at the bottom left by yeast during fermentation.

“We come by two or three times a day, and turn the bottoms in a way to make the sediment move toward the neck of the bottle,” said Guisant, explaining the task of his dwindling group of remueurs. “And we work on the rack (of bottles) like reading a book, from left to right, from top to bottom.”

Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon, Krug, Veuve Clicquot and Ruinart, a roster of famous appellations owned by the world’s No. 1 luxury company LVMH, still use for a small part of their production manual “remuage“, or riddling. At this crucial phase sediment is collected in the neck of the bottle so it can be removed, a process nowadays mainly done by machines.

At Reims in northern France, Ruinart, the oldest Champagne house founded in 1729, traditional remuage by hand is reserved for the most prestigious vintages, which take several years to mature in the coolness of its eight kilometres (five miles) of galleries dug deep in limestone, some dating from the Middle Ages.

“You need around 10 years of experience to be a ‘remueur‘, to know whether to rotate the bottle a quarter, an 8th or a 16th, and to the right or to the left,” said Guisant of the process that takes about two months. It means learning “to read the wine” to carry out this extremely precise rotation.

This picture shows a chalk quarry used by Ruinart Champagne house in Reims. © AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI

This picture shows a chalk quarry used by Ruinart Champagne house in Reims. © AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI

“We take the bottle and we analyse the sediments, for example, if they are stuck or not…,” explained Raphael Joyon, a “remueur” at Krug, the only house that each year produces just prestigious vintages, known as “cuvees de prestige”.

Joyon estimated that there are about eight remueurs in France’s Champagne region still working for the biggest domaines, a token of tradition for the image of these houses at a time when they have already automated many tasks.

Krug, for example, uses remuage by hand for about a fifth of its production, manager Dorian Drancourt told AFP.

The other bottles are titled downwards in rows of 300 to 500 in big metal crates, and placed in a machine known as the “gyropalette”, which is programed with a precise rotating movement.

“Our manual work on a sample of bottles also helps to program the machines more precisely for the rest of the vintage,” added Joyon standing under a brick arch in a Krug cellar dating from 1843.

After several weeks of the skilled turns of the remueurs, the bottles are handed over to the “degorgeur” — or disgorger — who will plunge the bottleneck into a refrigerating solution to turn the deposit into a frozen plug which is then ejected under pressure when the bottle is opened.

After final corking the Champagne bottles are kept in storage for durations determined by the particular house before being sold.

This past weekend, the LMVH houses – Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon, Krug, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot which last year sold 62 million bottles of Champagne worldwide – opened to the public part of their sites and cellars, including a chance to see demonstrations by the remueurs.

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Dom Perignon Bar Opens At Montreal’s Ritz-Carlton

Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage 2004

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Montreal has become the first in Canada to open a luxury DOM PERIGNON Champagne bar.

Located in the hotel’s Palm Court, the sleek, dark champagne lounge serves Rosé and Brut Dom Pérignon by glass and bottle.

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Dom Pérignon has also set up home in select Bulgari hotels, including the Bulgari Tokyo-Osaka which became the first hotel in Asia to open a Dom Pérignon lounge bar.

Meanwhile, at its sister hotel in Berlin the Ritz-Carlton launched an innovative drinks menu inspired by fragrances from Giorgio Armani, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Annick Goutal, Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain.

Locals looking for a chic place to sip champagne, as well as guests of the tony hotel in Montreal, can visit the bar Thursday to Saturday evenings.

The bar will begin to open nightly beginning next summer.

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Dom Perignon x Iris Van Herpen

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 announces a new creative collaboration with the renowned fashion designer Iris van Herpen: “Dom Pérignon Metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen”. The Power of Creation meets the fashion universe.

With its latest Limited Edition, the champagne house marks the end of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 in its First Plénitude and celebrates its transformation into P2, or the Second Plénitude of Dom Pérignon.

A highlight of the end-of-year season, the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 is playfully interpreted by the audacious creator van Herpen (pictured below).

Iris Van Herpen

Inflected with green in all its vibrant exuberance, the Limited Edition gift box illustrates the organic, seismic power that is generated within the wine in the process of its transformation.

Iris van Herpen also designed a über-premium creation (pictured below), inspired by the importance of time in crafting Dom Pérignon.

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A bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 lays in the dark green structure, taking its place as if it has been growing there for centuries while projecting itself into the future and its next transformation.

Metamorphosis, by definition, is a change in form. An evolution. A transition from one stage to the next.

Throughout its history, the champagne Dom Pérignon has been intricately linked to the concept of metamorphosis: the spiritual legacy of Dom Pérignon constantly reinvents itself throughout the ages, selectively choosing when to emerge in the form of a new vintage.

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The metamorphosis by Iris van Herpen is surprisingly alive, an act of energy!

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Curious? Stay tuned on Dom Perignon’s Instagram and Facebook page and see the metamorphosis of the Dom Pérignon universe!

Dom Pérignon x Jeff Koons

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Dom Pérignon has struck a collaboration with contemporary American artist Jeff Koons to help the champagne house launch its Rosé Vintage 2003.

Adapted from his existing life-sized version of “The Balloon Venus,” Koons created smaller replicas of the metallic magenta art pieces to house bottles of the pink bubbly and designed the labels. Bespoke Balloon Venus replicas are made-to-order and will be available for one year.

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On September 10, a limited-edition signed gift set will launch and offer two vintages: Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004, and the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003.

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The 2003 rosé, meanwhile, is being launched with much fanfare and described in sweeping terms for having been the earliest harvest since 1822 and for having survived extreme weather conditions including severe spring frost and an unparalleled heat wave.

The result is a rosé that bursts with the aromas of ripe fruit, figs, and strawberries on the nose, before unfolding into hints of guava, violet and vanilla as the wine breathes and grows, says Dom Pérignon.

Last year, Perrier-Jouet commissioned Japanese artist Makoto Azuma to reinvent the brand’s signature floral motif for its Belle Epoque Florale Edition 2004 —  the first time the motif has been tinkered with since it was first created by Emile Gallé in 1902.

Dom Pérignon also tapped David Lynch to design the bottles for a 2003 vintage champagne, while Japanese duo Erotyka also created an origami-style foldable champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot.

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Dom Perignon ’Kyoto’ Cooler by Marc Newson

Dom Perignon Cooler Marc Newson

Dom Perignon have teamed up with renowned australian designer Marc Newson to create the ’Kyoto’ champagne cooler for Dom Perignon.

It was developed with the help of Japanese company, Seikado and is made up of a metal bodu which is perfect for cooling the champagne.

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Featuring a sleek minimalistic design, the champagne cooler is inspired by the armor of Japanese military nobles.

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David Lynch Designs Dom Perignon Bottle

Filmaker David Lynch has collaborated with Dom Perignon to create signature bottle and package designs for their Vintage 2003 and Rosé Vintage 2000.

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Its theatrical gift box is tied with silk ribbons at either end, which raise the curtain on the interior, filled with Lynchian chiaroscuro silhouettes.

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In a release, Dom Pérignon said the partnership with Lynch was natural because they have much in common, including “mystery, intensity, commitment, time, the constant reinvention of the self, and above all, absolute faith in the power of creation.”

Lynch is the second living artist, after photographer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, to have worked directly alongside the Champagne house.

Dom Perignon Tribute to Andy Warhol

Dom Pérignon is paying tribute to the founder of Pop Art, Andy Warhol.

Inspired by Warhol’s unconventional talent when using icons to represent shapes and fun colors, Dom Pérignon has reinterpreted his legendary first bottle with a stunning Limited Edition.

The result is a unique collection of six unique bottles inspired by the famous artist’s color sets (blue, red, violet, emerald green, lilac and yellow).

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These collectors’ bottles will be available to customers through four stores in Spain – the Terrace of the Hotel Urban (Madrid), Pacha Ibiza, CDLC (Barcelona) and Olivia Valere (Marbella).

Dom Perignon Wedding

Dom Perignon Wedding was inspired by the magnums of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961 which were poured at the 1981 wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles.

Each bottle was inscribed with the Royal’s names and the date of the most viewed wedding in history.

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Motivated by this celebrated day, Dom Perignon will, for the first time in 3 centuries, allow their iconic shield to bear a similar inscription for weddings everywhere.

Dom Pérignon Wedding contains 12 bottles of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000 along with a sleek and beautiful white lacquered box which holds an additional bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000.

This 13th bottle has a unique precious silver label which can be personalized by engraving a bride and grooms name and wedding date.

Dom Pérignon has unveiled at the same time a never before seen image that Karl Lagerfeld snapped years ago of Claudia Schiffer and Sebatien Jondeau.

This archival image (below) will be used for the Dom Pérignon Wedding international ad campaign.

French luxury group LVMH sees profit drop

France’s LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, on Monday reported a 23% profit drop for the first six months of 2009 to €687 million ($977 million).

But the company’s turnover edged up 0.2% from the same time last year to €7.81 billion ($11.1 billion) despite a sharp drop in sales of drinks and jewellery.

Watches and jewelry sector posted 73 percent drop in profit, and wines and spirits sectors fell 41 percent.
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City banker spent £43,000 on champagne

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The Telegraph has a receipt for a bill at Maya, a club in London’s Soho area that shows a £43,067.50 bar bill from this week.

The astonishing bar bill included two methuselah of Dom Perignon champagne at £9,000 each, and four jeroboam of Crystal champagne costing £4,500 each.

A methuselah is eight times the normal bottle size, and a jeroboam four times.
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Dom Pérignon Rosé Stolen Kisses By Sylvie Fleury


Swiss sculptor and mixed media artist Sylvie Fleury has collaborated with Dom Pérignon to create an innovative wine glass design, featuring its very own hand printed lipstick mark.

Part of Dom Pérignon’s new Rosé Vintage 1998 coffret set, each crystal glass is marked with a seductive hand-painted lipstick stain, hence the title “Stolen Kisses.”
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Dom Perignon II champagne cooler

Gluxe informs us that a Brand new Dom Perignon II champagne cooler is available

If you’re on the go this summer and don’t want to shlep a full bucket of ice, keep the bottle of Dom chilled in this aluminum champagne cooler designed by Marc Newson, as elegant as the bubbles inside

Price: $1,000 – Available at Moss!
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World Auction Record for a Dom Pérignon Rosé in Hong Kong

Acker Merrall & Condit conducted its first wine auction in Hong Kong on May 31, which realized $8.2 million and established new record.

The total was the highest for any wine auction held in Hong Kong to date (the sales was held in the wake of new Hong Kong legislation that abolished all taxes and duties on wine).

Bidding was fiercely competitive for a case of 6 magnums of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 which fetched HK$1,306,000 (US$167,436) and a case of 12 bottles of Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 sold for HK$1,210,000 (US$155,128).
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