A bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004 sleeps, calmly and safely, in the depths of our cellars in Hautvillers. Nurtured in the perfect conditions of temperature, humidity and obscurity that any wine collector’s cellar aims for, it is about to undertake a journey from darkness to light, revealed to the world at last. However, one last critical step remains before it is ready to take its leave.
Today I met the two chefs with whom I collaborate at Dom Pérignon. Pascal Tingaud and Bernard Dance have been assisting me for many years: we keep discovering new cultures and cuisines when traveling together, bringing back ideas from all over the world to Epernay. The three of us have been working for several months on food and wine pairings, creating a new Dark Revelation experience to fit Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004. Ideas have been voiced, outlines sketched, concepts elaborated upon… leading to such delicacies as “Grilled Crab and Licorice” or “Candied Lemon and Balsamic Jelly”. We are now focusing on the details, on the quality of the products and the perfection of the execution.
Even more than a marvelous complement to Dom Pérignon, exquisite food is the perfect medium to reveal all the nuances of Dom Pérignon’s character. Our commitment is to go beyond the standard pairings based on aromas to explore other aspects, such as confronting textures, matching intensity wth intensity or generating tension. An open mind is required to let our creativity and imagination express themselves. My advice to you in this regard is thus: dare to take risks; embrace the challenge; accept to be rewarded. A true, eye-opening food pairing with Dom Pérignon comes at this price.
More than a color, Dark is a reflection of the soul of Dom Pérignon: its intensity, its sensuality, its complexity, its paradoxes, its mystery… Each vintage finds its unique way to achieve and incarnate the ideal of Dom Pérignon.
Dark Revelation is the new tasting ceremony of Dom Pérignon. Creating its own pace and atmosphere, Dark Revelation is a path through the chromatic palette of Dom Pérignon, each color personified in a singular dish to highlight a different facet of the vintage and to provoke a specific reaction in the audience.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 is the first Vintage to be discovered by way of Dark Revelation. It is the perfect approach for me to lead our guests in a journey from the surface to the core until we reach the Dark, the essence of Dom Pérignon. From White to Dark, this ritualised tasting offers an unparalleled sensory experience in exclusive events held around the world. Follow me as I introduce you to Dark Revelation…
White. The egg. The creamy texture plays with the richness of Dom Pérignon, revealing its freshness. Surprising.
Yellow. Rice and saffron. The perfection of the rice invites Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 to a dialogue of precision. In the background, the briny character of the saffron matches the focused minerality of the wine. Intriguing.
Green. Matcha. The wine envelops the lingering bitterness of the tea and soars ever higher. Seducing.
Red. Caviar and hibiscus. Sanguine and briny, this sensuous combination evolves into a Shakespearean drama. Fascinating.
Dark. Black mole and seared Foie gras. The ultimate step, exploring the depths of the wine. With its strong smoky and toasted notes, the mole brings out the energetic, warm side of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003. Dazzling.
Royal ballotine of pheasant
Petit pâté en croûte à la bourgeoise
Fresh deep-sea oysters
Lobster aspic chaud-froid
Beef madrilène with gold leaf spangles
Puréed chestnut soup with truffles from the Court of Italy
Bisque of shellfish from our coasts with a boletus infusion
Pumpkin soup, fresh from the Royal vegetable garden
Scallops with oyster liquor
Wild duck cromesquis à la Villeroy
Roast beef, carrots and smoked eel
Wild salmon au sel
Green and fresh herb salad in gold leaf
Rice salad à la royale
Great wines are blessed with a transcendental quality: they are the time machine bringing the finite of fruit into the infinite realm of imagination and emotion. One year ago (to the very day!), we embarked on a journey back to the seventeenth century, the Palace of Versailles and the Sun King’s table, with the help of Dom Pérignon Œnothèque.
Pierre Pérignon, unanimously recognized as the spiritual father of Champagne, was the exact contemporary of Louis XIV. We know that the Sun King loved Père Pérignon’s wine more than any other; cases upon cases were ordered for his court and his table. More than three centuries later, it was legitimate to go full circle and hold an incredible event in homage to the King and his vision of a luxury à la Française, re-creating the mythical Sun King’s Table. But more than a re-creation, it had to be a performance, a true ceremony in the name of pleasure: in the Antichambre du Grand Couvert, the exact place where the King took his meals every evening, re-opened for the first time for a reception, a banquet prepared by Jean-François Piège in the spirit of the era, served by waiters in livery, and accompanied by a unique wine throughout: the solar 1976 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque.