Decade after decade, the benchmark Champagne has been Dom Perignon. While there have been challengers to the sparkling wine throne through the years, Dom Perignon maintains a consistent level of superior quality that is equaled in some years by some Champagne houses, but seldom surpassed. The “winning streak” continues with the 2009 vintage. Like all sparkling wines, the ’09 Dom Perignon is an ever-evolving wine. It is beautifully balanced, with a creamy mouthfeel, a persistent mousse, and a refreshing finish — a truly sparkling personality. What will it taste like when you drink it? That depends on when you decide to uncork it, as this wine has the potential to age gracefully — and constantly evolve — for another 20 years or more. That’s what benchmark wines do.