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Cocktail of the Month: Dom Pérignon

LVMH: If you're reading this, Vintage 2008 is my favorite — @ me!

by Jessica Toscano Dec 2, 2020

Dom Perignon Vintage 2008
Dom Pérignon

I will literally argue with anyone who tries to tell me that Dom Pérignon is not worth the price tag. I’ll admit, it’s not a purchase you’ll head home feeling great about (unless spending money is your hobby), but it is one that you’ll know has both the history and reputation to back up its cost. So, if you haven’t yet tasted its exquisiteness and can afford to drop upward of two Benjamins on a bottle of bubbly, might I introduce you two?

For December aka my birthday month, I really wanted to showcase a cocktail to match my personality: fun, classy, daring, and a little extravagant. And, to me, that means the champagne that needs no introduction, because even if you haven’t tasted Dom, you’ve definitely heard of him. (Yes, that’s right: I’m giving the brand a personal pronoun. Feel free to do the same.) While I admit I don’t sip him on the regular, I have tasted a very unforgiving number of champagnes throughout my short life to know that he is preferred every damn time. Without further ado, here is why Dom always wins in my book.

Its blending method is top-notch.

Aside from feeling fancy and looking classy donning a crystal flute of this champagne, you’ll be basking in prestigious history. Dom is well known for its superior blending technique — a cuvée champagne for its quality derived from the very first gentle pressing of the grapes versus other champagnes, which can include a grape-pressing process of up to four times! (In case you’re wondering, one gentle pressing of grapes delivers a smoother flavor than, say, a cheaper brand that might squeeze as much juice from them as possible to deliver a more pungent taste. Compare top-shelf sipping liquors to those you down with chasers).

It comes with a stellar history.

Dom was also discovered by none other than Dom Pierre Pérignon himself, a monk mastermind when it came to wine production. He was cellar master of the Abbey d’Hautvillers in France, where he not only perfected the art of champagne manufacturing from concept to delivery (he’s the reason why bottles use corks instead of wood, which maintain freshness as well as carbonation) but also popularized clear wines in a region of France that, at the time, was most notably known for esteemed reds.

It's vintage.

Not to mention, Dom is vintage and like most things classic, it’s worth the hype. ICYDK, vintage labels are created from only the best harvests in a single year, as opposed to non-vintage bottles that are often manufactured from grapes of different harvests. If you’re wondering why this matters: consistency.

Lastly, the stuff has been around since the late 1600s — need I say more?