Dom Perignon is the top cuvee by champagne house Moet & Chandon and is only produced in good vintage years. The champagne is named after benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715) who, as the cellar master at the abbey in Hautvillers, did lots of research to improve the quality of wine. Perignon encouraged severe pruning of the vines to limit crop, and limited skin maceration.
In his time only still wine was produced in the Champagne regio, mostly of pinot noir. Pérignon was an advocate of blending grapes from several vineyards, a later common practice in Champagne.