The thrill of Pinot Noir

Wine Philosophy

I have recently conducted several tastings showing the contrast between Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 and 2004. Our guests invariably notice the bold character of the 2003, and assume it must have a higher Pinot Noir proportion. They are as invariably surprised to learn it is the opposite! Regardless of the vintage or the share of red wine, our only commitment is to bring the red of Pinot Noir to life, naturally leading to the question: is Dom Pérignon Rosé actually red?

 

The 2000 vintage was a turning point for Dom Pérignon Rosé, and all the vintages since—2002, 2003 and 2004—follow in its steps to aim for a Dom Pérignon Rosé that becomes ever more singular and more red in character. Our quest to capture the essence of Pinot Noir is absolute: it is Dom Pérignon Rosé’s raison d’être.

 

To pay a worthy homage to Pinot Noir, we must cultivate it with a specific intent, by controlling its vigor to improve its concentration. To express all the facets of Pinot Noir, we must explore the greatest terroirs of Champagne. On the southern-facing slopes, the early maturity reveals itself through power in Aÿ, and elegance in Hautvillers. In the cooler climate of Bouzy, its fruitiness is vibrant and its delicate balance not easily captured. This principle finds its logical continuation during the harvest, to wait longer and further for the perfect moment giving us the color and aromatic palette we desire without an excess of tannins.

 

Our commitment to Pinot Noir continues during the winemaking: we vinify the Pinot Noir like a red wine, macerating juices with skins during alcoholic fermentation. This way we can extract all its character yet keep the ultimate goal of the assemblage in mind.

 

The terroirs, the fruit, the character. The red of Pinot Noir knows no limits, no boundaries: it simply reflects the journey over a whole season in a specific cru. The assemblage must follow the new contours of the wine where the white pays homage to the red: thus we can reach the thrill of Pinot Noir.

Richard Geoffroy

Richard Geoffroy, Creator and Chef de Cave of Dom Pérignon since 1990.

READ MORE
READ MORE