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History & Experience of the Champagne House

Statue of Dom Pierre Perignon at Moet & Chandon

Are you a champagne connoisseur or starting to explore the fascinating world of wine? If yes, you have ALL the reasons to get excited with this review. I’ve prepared a thorough guide to the world-famous and highly prized first vintage-only champagne, Dom Pérignon.

In this Dom Pérignon tour, you’ll learn about the history of this famous French champagne brand and its founder Dom Pierre Pérignon, a benedictine monk, that has inspired some of the world’s greatest wine creators.

You’ll also know how to get there and what to expect on your visit—including whether it’s possible to taste only the best grapes yourself.

History of Dom Pierre Pérignon

Statue of Dom Pierre Perignon at Moet & Chandon
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Dom Pierre Pérignon is synonymous with luxury, extravagance, and of course, champagne. As Pierre stated in September 1694, his goal was to develop “the best wine in the world,” and his work with Pinot Noir paved the way.

Pierre’s story began in the small village of Hautvillers in 1638 when he was ordained as a Benedictine monk. Pierre became known for his passion for winemaking and his eye for quality.

He became the most renowned “chef de Cave” or cellar master (or literally “cave chief”) of his time. He implemented many techniques to improve the process of making wine, many of which are still used to this day.

In 1668, Pierre was appointed as cellarmaster of the Abbey of Hautvillers. And he made some outstanding contributions to the world of fine wine.

Pierre’s biggest contribution to the world of wine was his development and perfection of champagne production. It is said that he once tasted a glass of bubbly from one of his bottles and exclaimed, “I am drinking stars!”

Only a few vineyards in the Champagne region have been designated as Grand Cru. To be classified as Grand Cru, the champagne must be made using grapes from these vineyards.

Dom Pérignon vintage is created with grapes from Grand Cru vineyards. Each blend also includes grapes from the original Premier Cru property in the Abbey of Hautvillers.

During his time at the abbey, Pierre experimented with blending different grapes. He pressed techniques to create what we know today as Dom Pérignon. His legacy lives on in every bottle that bears his name, a reminder of the importance history has in shaping our present-day culture.

Where is Dom Pérignon in France?

Front of Moet and Chandon in Epernay, France
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Dom Pérignon is located in the Moët &…

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