All prestige Champagnes worth their salt need more than a story; they need a philosophy. Dom Pérignon has long been master of this art and it’s not hard to understand why, given the scale of the blending task facing the winemaking team: ‘At the start of the year I had 100 wines to assess from 1,000 plots – the largest quality vineyard area in France, maybe the world,’ Chaperon points out, referencing the 600ha of vineyard available to Champagne’s most prominent prestige cuvée. The ‘matter’ is certainly complex.
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Dom Pérignon is ‘not a property that is bottled,’ says Chaperon. ‘Our vineyard is a potentiality – what we bottle is a choice each year.’