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Brudenell News and Blog

11th April 2014

The Importance of Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon has grown to become one of the most recognisable brands of champagne across the world, but did you know the famous bottle is named after a 17th century monk?

That’s right. Dom Pierre Pérignon was a monk and cellar master based in the Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers in the Champagne region of Northern France. He lived and worked there tirelessly for 47 years, inventing and perfecting the techniques of creating wines of the highest quality. On a rolling hill overlooking the Marne Valley in the heart of the Champagne region, the Benedictine Abbey is the place where he pursued his mission of perfection.

He pioneered a number of ground-breaking techniques still used today, including the blending of grapes and removing of skins, leading to the very first bottle of white wine. He is also famously tied to the legend of capturing bubbles in champagne, which were initially seen as serious impurities amongst Dom Pierre and his fellow monks. Counteracting the problem of exploding bottles due to the fizz of his new creation, Pérignon introduced the thicker bottles and shape seen with today’s champagne bottles, and even the ingenious solution of using corks as opposed to wood!

If you, like us, are passionate about good wine, why not pay our hotel in Suffolk a visit and enjoy a drop from our extensive wine list.