Break out the bubbly: the latest Dom Perignon vintage is ready

Break out the bubbly: the latest Dom Perignon vintage is ready

Time to sparkle

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Coco Chanel famously declared, "I only drink champagne on two occasions: when I'm in love and when I'm not"

But we think even the legendary fashion designer would have saved this drop for special occasions. The Dom Pérignon 2005 vintage has been deemed ready to open by the French champagne house's chef de cave (literally, chief of the cellar) Richard Geoffroy, after nine years of ageing.

Unlike most Dom Pérignon vintages, the 2005 is a 60:40 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir (compared to the usual 50/50 split) and, according to Geoffroy, boasts a "rich bouquet of predominantly black fruit underpinned by a silvery minerality and notes of praline and coriander. On the palate it is powerful, structured and dense with an intriguingly spicy flower finish." 

It's early days so the price is yet to be announced, but the 2004 vintage currently stands at $250 a pop - and the 2003, $850. So no, the 2005 won't be one to break out for Friday night drinks, but it's definitely worth keeping in mind for the next occasion you're celebrating in style.

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