There was an interesting event that I attended the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival called “The Triumph of Tiny Bubbles”.
I was invited to attend an exclusive Dom Perignon Champagne tasting with winemaker Vincent Chaperon at the Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach. We were thrilled with the luscious Vintage 2003 release!
Dom Perignon is the prestige brand of vintage Champagne produced by the Champagne house Moët & Chandon. It is named after Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk. Dom Pérignon (1638–1715) was a cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers.
The Champgne region is a historic province in the northeast of France. The name “Champagne” is derived from the Latin “campania” and refers to the similarities between the rolling hills of the province in France and the gorgeous Italian countryside of Campania in Italy, located south of Rome.
After an unusually harsh, dry winter, the severe frosts devastated the grape crops. The harsh winter was followed by the hottest summer in France in over 53 years. So “the grapes that survived the frost and hail were ravaged by intense scorching heat.”
Here are the stats for Vintage 2003:
2011 ratings by Bruce Anderson=94 points; Richard Juhlin=96 points:
Tasting Notes: “The bouquet spirals through a light-filled, floral softness to the gritty minerality that epitomizes Dom Perignon, evocative of candied fruit, plant life and exquisite camphor leaf freshness and finally purges into darkness, spices and liquorice root.”
Then I was ready for the Lexus Grand Tasting at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center-Salute!!
I love those wine-making Benedictine monks!
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com