Dom Pérignon owes its name to the famous monk and cellar master of the Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668, Pierre Pérignon (also known as Dom Pérignon). According to legend, it was Pierre Pérignon who first discovered what is now called the Champenoise method. According to this anecdote, Pérignon taught this method in 1669 to the Benedictine Thierry Ruinart, allowing Maison Ruinart, to become the first Champagne House in 1729.
Dom Pérignon is a celebrated Champagne house, whose foundation was inspired by Pierre Pérignon's quest for the ultimate perfection in Champagne. Keeper of the estate’s prestigious brand image is the LVMH luxury group, now headed by Dom Pérignon, joined by other prestigious houses such as Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot ou encore Moët & Chandon. The values upheld by the Champagne House today are hard work and intuition, observation and understanding, knowledge and respect – the same values embodied by iconic cellar master Richard Geoffroy. In addition to its rich aromatic complexity, the wines of Dom Pérignon are distinguished by their structure and texture, which give each vintage a unique, precious and inimitable character. The aesthetic of the bottle captures the brilliance of the wine inside and is often decorated by renowned artists, such as in the case of the label that glows in the dark and the limited edition collectibles, like the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage Box Gold 2000.
The three main varieties of Champagne, namely Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, are used to develop the blends of Champagne Dom Pérignon. In addition to the exceptional bottles created in collaboration with artists, the Champagnes of Dom Pérignon also include non-vintage cuvées and Vintage cuvées made only in exceptional years. These are sold in three steps, referred to as "Plénitudes": the first is called Dom Pérignon Vintage and is sold for about 9 years after the vintage; the second reaches its second stage of maturity after 12-15 years and is called Dom Pérignon P2. Finally, Dom Pérignon P3, is put on the market approximately 25 years after the vintage. This is a rare and exceptional cuvée, a work of patience and passion, at the origin of one of the most prestigious Champagne in the world.