The Dom Pérignon brand was created by Moët et Chandon as their prestige cuvée – the best vintage Champagne they could produce.
Unlike many top Champagnes, Dom Pérignon is specifically designed to show the specific characteristics of the vintage in which it is made – which is only the best vintages.
Dom Pérignon was also the first Champagne created as a prestige cuvée – the best wine that could be produced. It set an unprecedented trend for other Champagne houses who followed suit in creating new labels for their best wines: Taittinger’s Comtes de Champagne, Perrier Jouet’s ‘La Belle Epoque’.
The prestige cuvées are usually noticeable by their unusual bottle shapes, grand label designs and unique names.
The shield and bottle shape of Dom Pérignon is synonymous with the brand and recognised the world over.
Bonus: Competition! Win a bottle of Dom Pérignon
It’s too hard to talk about Champagne and not give a bottle away. So here’s a chance to win a bottle of Dom Pérignon for yourself. To enter, answer the following question in the comments below…
If you made your own Champagne, what would you call your best vintage?
The best Champagne name chosen by me wins! Competition closes midnight Sunday 25th November 2012. Good luck.
Here are a few Champagne names and styles to inspire you…
Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004
Louis Roederer Cristal 2004
Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 2002
Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle La Cuvée