Dom Perignon has announced the launch of its 2009 vintage ahead of the 2008, marking the first time the house has broken the order of its releases.
While the 2008 has widely been described as a brilliant vintage, if not the best in Champagne since the legendary 2002, it was a cooler year with a harsh winter. The 2009, however, was a warm and rich year, so the first plentitude of the wine was reached faster than its elder sibling.
Chef de cave Richard Geoffroy said the 2009 was marked by “fruit, glorious fruit!” and that experience of other warm vintages such as 2003 had been vital to the handling and creation of the 2009.
Geoffroy said: “Dom Pérignon 2009 would certainly not be what it is without the experience gained while producing Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 – the first of a fantastic decade to rise to so many challenges. It is one of the ‘seminal’ Vintages that encourages winemakers to go beyond what they already know: to take risks and keep on growing.”
The 2009 is expected to be released to the UK trade this September with an RRP of £130 per bottle.