Dom Perignon vintage 2009 marks the first time this prestigious champagne house has released a vintage out of chronological order. The unprecedented perfect weather of the 2009 harvest means the vintage is ready to release ahead of the 2008 vintage. The remarkable weather created the circumstances for this unusual occurrence and has also allowed this expression to showcase the fruit at its absolute peak of ripeness. Vintage 2009 has immediate aromas of guava, spicy grapefruit zest and stone fruits, opening up to present woody vanilla and lightly toasted brioche. The perfectly ripe fruit gives a richness and voluptuousness, but more than that, a powerful consistency. The multitudinous sensations brought forth all converge and persist on the palate. The 2009 vintage is a wine that demands a pairing to be contrasted with, reaching out to both vegetable and mineral alike. It calls out for a sea urchin carbonara with cardamom mousse, and shines brilliantly alongside octopus marinated in Sicilian orange juice and roasted in butter.