CHERISHED OBJECTS DOMPÉRIGNON Dom Pérignon needs no introduction: it is the prestige Champagne, one of the great- est, most famous names in wine. Capable of ageing for decades, one of the most com- plex and elegant of wines, it is the perfect wine for important occasions, and one which our Members can enjoy more often, thanks to the Club’s wine wholesale prices. Prestige Champagne might not be per- ceived as being a bargain but, compared to equivalent Bordeaux and Burgundy, it’s a snip. A single bottle of the 2009 Château Pétrus, for example, is £4,000. An increasing number of Champagne drinkers are noting this, and seeing great Champagne for what it is, a classic wine, deserving respect at the table as a fine wine with food, and not mere- ly to be reserved for a celebration. Take the Dom Pérignon 2009 vintage for example. The classic aperitif, it also pairs beautifully with caviar, foie gras and strawberries. It’s a wonderful vintage, which is drink- ing superbly now, will cellar until 2035, and is already ‘on allocation’, which means it is so popular that supplies are being restrict- ed early. (Happily, we have already se- cured cases for Members.) It certainly has the critics in ecstacy: ‘majestic’, ‘totally se- ductive’, ‘glorious fruit’, ‘lovely texture’, they enthuse. Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon Chief de Cave, always measured in his view, described it as having ‘restrained power and incredible persistence’, adding ‘The texture is not creamy, it’s silky’. Released ahead of the 2008, it is indeed a wonderful Champagne, and one our Tasting Panel highly recommend. They note the 2009 as irresistibly vibrant, with a very fine mousse and flavours of delicate ripe stone fruit with solid and rich layers of brioche, ripe pear and hazelnut: delicate freshness, superb polished finish. We are delighted to have secured cases for our Members, but with this vintage, with this high demand and the Club low price, please do not delay. Case of six bottles, individually gift boxed, including free UK mainland delivery. Code DP13LV 01. RRP £900. CCUK £659. 23 See p266 for more wines: Or visit Caviar and foie gras, p276: Call 020 7399 2960 to order