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To produce Dom Pérignon the method champenoise is used which is the most labour-intensive and there are certain requirements that must be met. Dom Pérignon is also only able to be produced when the grapes are at their 'best', this only occurs during certain years. There have only been 36 vintages since Dom Pérignon was first produced. Therefore, due to its limited nature it is a specialty and the price is greatly increased.

According to VinePair, Dom Pérignon is aged for at least 7 years. There are three releases for each vintage. The amount of time it is aged for each release is 9, 18 and 25 respectively. The reason it is aged for longer is to create a richness and complexity. The bottles are a combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the prestigious bottle can also come in Rose form.

A history

Dom Pérignon is produced in the Moët and Chandon house. According to the FeelGuide the prestigious champagne is named after a monk who lived in champagne. He was the pioneer of mixing grapes in order to advance the quality of wine and to manage its downfalls. He also created corks which are still used to keep wine fresh and bubbly. Dom Pérignon became the pioneer of top-quality champagnes. However, Dom Pérignon did not create the champagne, it was established by an Englishman. The first Dom Pérignon Vintage was made in 1921.

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Champagne Corks

According to matching food and wine the wire covering the cork on the bottle is there to ensure the cork does not fly off before it has been opened. This ensures the bottle is kept fresh and bubbly. If a bottle pops unexpectedly it has the potential to cause damage due to the high amount of pressure that builds up in the bottle. Therefore, the wire acts as a safety measure! Interestingly, corks form a certain shape while in the champagne bottle. When they are first placed in the bottle, they are the shape of a normal cork in a bottle of wine. Once taken out of the champagne bottle they go back to their normal shape.

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