A decade in Champagne


dom_perignon_-_2002_-_brut_vintage_champagne_-_75cl_-_12.5_abvDescribed by Andrew Hawes of Mentzendorff as “the vintage of a generation”, 2002 has been widely released and today its high quality reputation looks assured.

However, Birchley recalls that critical acclaim was initially less certain. “A lot of people said it came up and surprised them,” he notes, suggesting that the turning point came with Dom Pérignon’s launch.

While earlier launches were “moderately successful”, he notes: “Once DP released, suddenly the other guys benefited on the back of it.”

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