June 19, 2013

Pairing Dom Pérignon 2003 + Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champaign

This pair came together quite slowly actually. It started with the cigar when we visited Perdomo with our pair group back in March. We all ended up buying both the Champaign 10th Anniversary, and Champaign Noir. I told the group to keep these for my pair day and once they agreed I went to work researching. What was I after?

Well, because the cigar was very light I knew I couldn’t over power it, so I decided to research the famous… Champaign. Yes, the names are the same…but try finding a champaign that lives up to most of the spirits we’ve been pairing. It was a daunting task.

About the Drink

I worked through many brands of Champaign and kept coming back to the famous Dom Pérignon. They are the most “famous” champaign, but I couldn’t get around the fact that the history is so intriguing, and they have worked so hard on their craft.

Dom Pérignon was a Benedictine monk in the 17th century who was an important quality pioneer for Champagne but who, contrary to popular myths, did not discover the champagne method for making sparkling wines…but was the first to perfect it, manufacture it and introduce methods that are still in most of the champagnes and wines you’ll drink.

I ended up going with the Dom Pérignon 2003 which is certainly an unusual Champagne, but not necessarily unusual for Dom Pérignon. It is not as classically perfect as the 2002 which is raved about by many critics. The 2003 is

“broader and more voluptuous, with a sultry, sexy feel that seems to reflect Mr. Geoffroy’s embrace of the “dark,” yet with a citrusy freshness that makes it very digestible.” – NY Times

The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne actually has an appellation law which only allows grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of Champagne. This is why fakes are so desirable of these high end brands, real champaign comes from Champaign and that’s final.

I really loved researching this product, if you’d like to read more click here. and be introduced to Richard Geoffroys of Dom Pérignon. Also check out this cool video from Cool Hunter on Richard Geoffroys.

About the 10th Anniversary Champaign

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan

Filler: Cuban-Seed Nicaraguan

We’ve talked about Perdomo on our blog a lot so I wont cover them in full detail about them, but I have started to noticed they are really a fantastic manufacturer and really deserve all the praise they do get…I thoroughly enjoy their sticks.

This cigar was wrapped in a Connecticut wrapper which I have found to typically produce more mild-bodied flavours. I got a lot of mixed flavours off the top…I couldn’t quite pin point it. The first third of the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne came out with a nice nutty almost almond taste to it and then on the finish or exhale I would pick up a light peppery taste.

It was such a nice smooth cigar and had tons of smoke, we all were surprised by it’s flavour and great mild taste. But, to some of you who bring it through the nose to get the full experience…watch out. This baby made us have a coughing fit! Really for it’s smooth, mild flavour…we were surprised to get that.

Overall the cigar was enjoyable, it stayed consistent throughout and I would say for the money…it’s totally worth it!

The Pair

This pair meant a lot to us all in the group. This pair celebrated our one year anniversary since we started publishing pairs online. It was such a great night, and the pair worked excellently. I would say if you were to get together with friends or colleagues to celebrate, this is the pair to do it with. This pair would work in a group of 4 or a group of 50. The cigar and drink would both appeal to a wide audience but were of the excellent quality the conneseur in the group will expect.

Don’t expect too much body from the cigar, don’t expect the “same old” taste from the champaign. The pair worked so well together we couldn’t really point out issues or taste differences…they just worked.

Would I do it again? Yes! Nice Pair – I recommend it!

Note: We did try the Noir that same night, but sadly didn’t get much from it. I was so excited to try seeing there was mystery behind the cigar, a lot of cool stories of how it’s made etc. We all did agree that maybe the first cigar took some of the flavour away from it and that we’d all have to try it again. If we did I would love to pair it with a red wine, maybe a merlot or Cab!

Until next time then!

Todd

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