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by Richard Geoffroy
September 21st, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Closing Words
Replies: 3
Views: 1002

Closing Words

Dear all, I would like to thank all of you for the great week I had in your company. I appreciated the thoughtful questions, which I hope I managed to answer to your satisfaction. I have actually selected a couple of them to be republished on my blog in the next few weeks, while others will appear a...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 21st, 2010, 9:56 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Wine Glass
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Re: Wine Glass

Bonjour Eric, I hope you are well. Say hi to Jay from me! I think I have already partly answered your question in another thread . I agree that when it comes to glasses (and to so many other things...), habits evolve slower than we may have thought or hoped for, but the change is nevertheless underw...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 21st, 2010, 9:53 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: What makes Dom Perignon's style so consistent over the decades ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2173

Re: What makes Dom Perignon's style so consistent over the decades ?

Jeff, Ray, As explained in the Manifesto , we strive to reach the perfect balance between black and white grapes, between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Meunier is never used. You will find more information in my blog entry about the assemblage , with even a few specific examples for various vinta...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 21st, 2010, 9:52 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Coteaux Champenois
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: Coteaux Champenois

Dear Keith and Robert, I find the still red wines from Champagne more than interesting, they are definitely participating in their own way to the greatness and diversity of the region (not to mention its history, since it is where the wines from Champagne are coming from). These wines are better tha...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 21st, 2010, 8:32 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Mssr. Geoffroy: tell us a little about yourself
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Re: Mssr. Geoffroy: tell us a little about yourself

Dear Alan, First of all thanks for all the questions you asked. I have actually selected one of them (and its answer!) to be published on the blog in the next few weeks, if you don't mind. The transmission of expertise from one chef de cave to the next is crucial for us, as you have correctly noted....
by Richard Geoffroy
September 19th, 2010, 8:12 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: What vintages to release?
Replies: 1
Views: 796

Re: What vintages to release?

Dear Peter, Starting with your more general question, we definitely wait until after the assemblage to decide. You will find more information about the whole process in the blog entry about the assemblage . Regarding the 1997 vintage specifically, I observed that many houses decided to declare eithe...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 19th, 2010, 8:10 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Selosse and others
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Re: Selosse and others

Dear Robert, I have a tremendous respect for these producers, even though our visions can diverge significantly (I would even confess I don't fully understand some of them). There is strength in diversity and we all together must be proud to contribute to the greatness of one single appellation. Bes...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 19th, 2010, 8:07 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: What makes Dom Perignon's style so consistent over the decades ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2173

Re: What makes Dom Perignon's style so consistent over the decades ?

Hi Ray, The true secret of what I would call the resilience of the style is to be found in the incredible diversity, quality and complementarity of our vineyards. One has to know that we mostly use estate fruit, and that the contract fruit is only marginal. In particular I have the privilege to acce...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 18th, 2010, 8:35 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: The 4 most important things a visitor to Champagne should know.
Replies: 1
Views: 951

Re: The 4 most important things a visitor to Champagne should know.

Dear Brian, This is a great and original question (thanks for your answer and compliments in the food & wine thread, by the way). I could tell you to visit the Cathédrale de Reims , to indulge at such or such restaurant, or not to underestimate (or overestimate!) the French road system, and many suc...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 17th, 2010, 1:55 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Favorite Champagne and Food pairings
Replies: 11
Views: 1938

Re: Favorite Champagne and Food pairings

Dear Brian, Possibilities are endless. As long as the dish doesn't display an excessive amount of the basic taste components (sweetness, saltiness, bitterness or acidity), it is owrth having a go. The pairing should not be restrictive: I encourage everybody to be as open-minded and bold as possible....
by Richard Geoffroy
September 17th, 2010, 1:53 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: A question of style.
Replies: 1
Views: 936

Re: A question of style.

Dear Regan, Dom Pérignon keeps evolving with every vintage, we will keep pushing the envelope forever. It is a quest towards an absolute in the expression of style. I believe there isn't such an important change with the 2000 vintage—or simply a combination of minute factors, the sum of invisible pa...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 15th, 2010, 3:39 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Dosage and aging
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: Dosage and aging

Don, I have now answered your question in this thread.

Best regards,
Richard
by Richard Geoffroy
September 15th, 2010, 2:59 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Your favorite age to drink Dom
Replies: 1
Views: 1081

Re: Your favorite age to drink Dom

Alan, thanks for these questions. Regarding the first one, it of course depends on whether we are considering the bottle before or after disgorgement. After disgorgement, we do the utmost so that Dom Pérignon can be enjoyed right after release, not only defining carefully the timing of disgorgement ...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 15th, 2010, 2:59 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: '90, '96, '02
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: '90, '96, '02

Jeff, thanks for your question. I also consider these three vintages as the greatest ones of the past 20 years at Dom Pérignon, and I am pleased that we made them available right as we speak: 2002 Dom Pérignon Vintage, 1996 Dom Pérignon Œnothèque and 1990 Dom Pérignon Rosé Œnothèque. These three vin...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 15th, 2010, 1:35 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Specs on grapes, wine and dossage
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: Specs on grapes, wine and dossage

Dear Andrew, Thanks for these questions, since I rarely have the opportunity to discuss these issues. The first thing I would like to say is that we do not pick grapes based upon a fixed maturity target. The Champagne region is cool climate: this allows for dramatic variations in maturity from vinta...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 15th, 2010, 1:29 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Welcome--and an assemblage question
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Re: Welcome--and an assemblage question

Alan, thanks for the kind words. I have two major goals when it comes to excellence in winemaking: quality and consistency, both being equally important. We are very committed to achieving total consistency across the whole process of blending in one vintage. The solution is purely technical, with t...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 14th, 2010, 6:23 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Any Chance On Vineyard Designates?
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Any Chance On Vineyard Designates?

Dear Bill, Thanks for this question, which is asked more and more often in the light of the current micro-trend for vineyard designates in Champagne. This practice goes against the Dom Pérignon ideal, as expressed in the Manifesto: Dom Pérignon is always an assemblage . Year after year I can see tha...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 14th, 2010, 6:22 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Dosage and aging
Replies: 4
Views: 1141

Re: Dosage and aging

Dear Eric, Great question! I would say that generally speaking dosage indeed contributes to a wine's capacity to age. However when it comes to Dom Pérignon I feel it remains marginal: the wine itself holds the greatest aging potential, thanks to the quality of the terroirs, the selection of grapes, ...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 12th, 2010, 3:28 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Grey and brown aromas
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: Grey and brown aromas

Dear Michael, I remember this interview. Dom Pérignon natural aromas are indeed reductive, on the "grey" side. I find it interesting to let some "brown" (oxidative) aromas develop in the bottle, I feel they tend to bring a bit more richness and warmth to the wine. However such a process takes a long...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 12th, 2010, 3:27 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Magnums?
Replies: 1
Views: 909

Re: Magnums?

Dear Michael, I believe wine in general, and Dom Pérignon specifically, has a better aging potential in larger formats. Even though the wine from a standard bottle can be more expressive in the beginning, with time magnums or jeroboams will always show more precision and complexity, as well as bette...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 12th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Half Bottles?
Replies: 8
Views: 1862

Re: Half Bottles?

Dear all, Actually my first concern when it comes to half bottles, way before cost and demand, is quality: Dom Pérignon ages quicker in half bottles, which invariably implies lesser quality. Since ageworthiness is such a key characteristic of Dom Pérignon, it would make little sense from my point of...
by Richard Geoffroy
September 12th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: What glass for Champagne, and why?
Replies: 2
Views: 1030

Re: What glass for Champagne, and why?

Dear Brian & Mike,

I have indeed already addressed these questions in my blog, with two blog entries: Riedel Pinot Noit Vinum XL and Of Wine Glasses. However if you have more precise questions I will be happy to answer them.

Best regards,
Richard
by Richard Geoffroy
September 7th, 2010, 9:27 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Richard Geoffroy (Archive)
Topic: Please Welcome Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon's chef de cave - Sept 6-20
Replies: 2
Views: 1674

Greetings

I am really grateful to be a guest on Wine Berserkers. I can see some really great questions so far, and plan to start answering them later this week. I hope to see even more questions by then!

Best regards,
Richard

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