The Vintage


2002. 2003. 2004. 2005. 2006. I have already mentioned the special significance—for me—of declaring five vintages of Dom Pérignon in a row. Evidently nature was bountiful during that first decade of the millenium. There was more to it than mere chance regarding the climate, though, as I have alluded to: perseverance, dedication, teamwork.

All this ties in to the specific stance of Dom Pérignon when it comes to vintages. Our intent is to rise to the aesthetic ideal of Dom Pérignon—its singularity. The character of the year, brought on by the passing of seasons and by the whim of nature, is the constraint. The act of creation happens when the intent meets the constraint: Dom Pérignon emerges from the tension between these two poles.

I can assert that every year we perform each of our tasks with the same ultimate goal in mind: to declare the vintage. This implies tough decisions, a risk-taking mindset, innovative solutions and sometimes sacrifices. We cannot compromise on the quality of the grapes, on the maturity of the harvest. We invariably go through the whole sequence of winemaking, and rigorous selection process of the wines until we reach the assemblage. Only then, at the end of a 7-month effort, can we decide whether to declare a vintage or not.

Whenever we do, it is an accomplishment, and in itself, the reward. A new Vintage is born, contributing another stone to Dom Pérignon’s edifice: to get ever closer to harmony in our quest to create emotions.


Richard Geoffroy

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