Dom Perignon make an exclusive version of their prestige cuvee in the greatest vintages, given another name to distinguish its greatness, Oenothèque which means ‘wine library’, referencing the extraordinary cellaring program it undergoes. The standard Dom Perignon is aged for seven years on its yeast lees, prior to being disgorged (removing from their lees). Dom Perginon ‘standard’ releases around 2 million bottles a year, yet a tiny part of the wine is kept back on its lees for extended ageing and only released when the Chef de Cave (Chief Winemaker) Richard Geoffrey feels the second or third maturity peak is reached. This means that the Oenothèque experiences extended ageing which imparts more complexity, viscosity, balance and intense flavours, altering Dom Perignon’s elegant style into a powerhouse that can improve in bottle for forty years. Oenothèque is so multifaceted and commanding that it can be paired with some meats, while its finish is seemingly everlasting. The Oenothèque receives lower dosage, thereby exhibiting greater fruit purity, expressing the true quality for the terroir and minerality.