Dom Perignon - OEnotheque Vintage 1998 - Champagne



Dom Perignon - OEnotheque Vintage 1998
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Dom Perignon is unique in that a proportion of every vintage is retained and aged within the cellars. This allows each new generation of winemakers to taste older vintages, to understand the history of wine, to ensure greater consistency of style and to observe how each vintage develops and matures with age. The cellar area dedicated to the storage of these older vintage wines is called OEnotheque (or, as the French say "en 'o' teque") which means 'Wine Library'.

Dom Perignon peaks at three distinct times during its life cycle, although the timing of the peaks may ary from vintage to vintage. The first peak ('phase de plenitude' in French) at about seven years, is the stage when the wine is at its most vibrant and the majority of the vintage is released into the market. The second peak usually occurs between fourteen and twenty years and is the stage when the wine takes on greater depth and vigour. The third, from 25 years onwards, is when the wine reaches full maturity and takes on an extra dimension of complexity.

Dom Perignon occasionally releases small quantities of the OEnotheque wines when they reach a peak in their quality.

Kept undisturbed in their original bottles in the Hautvillier's cellars, these wines offer a rare opportunity to experience mature Champagne aged in perfect conditions.

Category(s):     Champagne ,   Wine & Champagne Gifts
Group(s):     Vintage Champagne
Producer: Moet & Chandon   -
ABV:   12.5%
Appellation:   Champagne
Brand:   Moet & Chandon
Champagne Style:   Brut
Colour:   White
Country of Origin:   France
Region:   Champagne
Vintage:   1998


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Producer Information

The company dates back to 1743 when Claude Moet began shipping wines from the Champagne region of France to Paris. The reign of Louis XV coincided with an increased demand for sparkling wine. Moet expanded rapidly and by the end of the eighteenth century was exporting the drink all over Europe and to the United States.
Claude's grandson Jean-Remy Moet brought the house to international prominence catering to such elite clientele as Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon Bonaparte. Chandon was added to the company name when Jean-Remy Moet turned over half the company to his son Victor Moet, and half to his son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles in 1832.
Following the introduction of the concept of a vintage champagne in 1840, Moet marketed its first vintage in 1842. Their best-selling brand, Brut Imperial was introduced in the 1860s. Their best known label is Dom Perignon, named for the Benedictine monk fondly remembered in legend as the "Father of Champagne".
Moet & Chandon merged with Hennessy Cognac in 1971 and with Louis Vuitton in 1987 to become LVMH-Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the largest luxury group in the world, netting over 16 billion euros in fiscal 2004.

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