The Legacy of Dom Pérignon’s Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy

From the masterful 2008 vintage to developing a worthy successor, Vincent Chaperon

Celebrating a new vintage of Dom Pérignon is always an event, and doing it at its spiritual home in the fields of the Hautvilliers Abbey in France’s Champagne region, all the more so. But this wasn’t a typical release. The adjectives and superlatives of the industry fly around faster than most can keep up with, but everyone is saying that the 2008 vintage will go …

Exploring Dom Pérignon P2 1998 at Joshua Tree

Why the prestige brand's vintage felt at home in the desert

While Dom Pérignon‘s Chef de Cave (in essence, cellar master and winemaker) Richard Geoffroy admittedly loves California, that isn’t the reason why the brand hosted a series of tastings for Dom Pérignon’s P2 1998 there. This past week, Geoffroy guided us through the brand’s luxuriant Second Plénitude vintage in Joshua Tree National Park and at two Mid-Century Modern homes in and around Palm Springs, California. …

Decoding Dom Pérignon in Hautvillers, France

Exploring medieval abbey grounds and fields ripe for harvesting

On the third day of Dom Prignon‘s annual grape harvest, we joined the team in the pinot noir fields of Ay, in the heart of France’s celebrated Champagne region and toured their medieval abbey grounds in Hautvillers. This was the second stage of their multi-year initiative, “Decoding,” which commenced in April of this year in the grandest fashion with 29 snacks (each one inspired by …