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 …

29 Snacks by Ferran Adrià

What we ate while decoding Dom Pérignon 2005 with the world's most famous chef

For 10 years, Ferran Adri‘s restaurant elBulli carried the most commanding reputation for food expression and innovation. While its doors closed in 2011, the restaurant’s visionary chef has applied his intellect and curiosity toward the development of the elBullifoundation: a home for reclassifying and better understanding the world of everything edible. It was here that we joined Adri and the winemakers at Dom Prignon, with …

What 170-Year-Old Champagne Tastes Like

Champagne connoisseurs now know what the oldest recorded champagne tastes like. Discovered five years ago in a Baltic Sea shipwreck, bottles of still-corked bubbly were finally popped open for taste-testers to try out. Through labels and branding still visible on the bottles, researchers were able trace them all the way back to the 1830s or 1840s, probably from the champagne houses of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, …