"whole quart of Dom Pérignon 1937"

A bottle of vintage 1999 Dom Perignon champagne
Public DomainA bottle of vintage 1999 Dom Perignon champagne - Credit: PlatinumSunlight

A brand manufactured by the winery based in the north-central region of France known as Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon is a prestige Champagne wine. Named after a Benedictine monk, Dom Pierre Pérignon (c. 1638-1715) who made important contributions to the development of Champagne wine (including the use of corks) at the Abbey of Hautvillers, Dom Pérignon is made primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

In 1981, Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961 featured as the wine served at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles of England.

As a vintage Champagne wine, Dom Pérignon is only produced in strong grape years. Production over three consecutive years, for example, is very rare. The first vintage in 1921 was only released for sale in 1936. Dom Pérignon often stars at wine auctions: three bottles of 1921 sold at Christie’s in New York for $24,675 in 2004, and three bottles of the extremely rare 1959 Rosé Vintage went for $84,700.

Fittingly for Catch-22, there was no 1937 vintage -- in fact, Dom Pérignon produced no Champagne wine between 1934 and 1943 -- so the “Dom Pérignon 1937” gulped down by Major Major is likely bogus.