Dom Perignon is an icon of the wine industry. Almost everyone in the world knows it as the pinnacle of wine production. And for good reason! In the great vintages Dom Perignon is beautifully aromatic and structurally impressive in equal measures. This makes a wine that is almost too pretty to drink and that will age gracefully but too delicious to avoid. It is a great problem to have. 2004 is the best release of the wine I have seen. The nose is multilayered with a fine balance between sweet fruit and savoury elements. If they could make a Dom aftershave I’d wear it. The palate is so well balanced, lovely fresh acidity with hints of phenolics but great weight and texture. It is the complete package. If you were looking to experience Dom for the first time this is the perfect vintage to jump in on.
Champagne – A wine region of France approximately 160km East of Paris. It is also the name of the wines produced from the area. Most famously it is a sparkling wine that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged on lees. Although there is the occasional still wine you can find around particularly Pinot Noir. The fantastically named Bouzy Rouge is one such example. There are very few single vintage, single vineyard, single variety Champagnes (I can only name one and it was produced only 47 times between 1900 and 1999). Why? Due to the large area the region covers, and the challenging weather the houses blended wines to produce a consistent and reliable product every year. This is where the growers come in. They relish the chance to show off vintage variation and small plot wines.