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The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Ripe apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in it the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. To be released summer 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.
Harmonious and huge, this is a bold vinous Champagne with the fresh pear flavor intensity of Puligny from a great vintage. Peter Liem commented that the reductive winemaking balanced the weight and ripeness this wine achieved in 2002. For all its size and power, it shows remarkable suppleness and elegance. This is a champagne with sophistication and discretion, one tha will gain from long aging.
"If Dom Pérignon is the Porsche 911 Carrera of the wine world, then DP Rosé is the 911 Turbo"
-Jay McInerney, The Wall Street Journal
Dom Perignon, a Benedictine monk, was an innovative cellar master and winemaker in the seventeenth-century, whose unique techniques advanced the production and quality of Champagne. His obsession with consistency, precision and discipline helped him master the stages of production.
Perignon and his colleagues laid out essential foundations for the ‘champenoise’ method of critical varietals to create a second fermentation in the bottle that adds the distinct 'bubbliness' to Champagne. Now a brand of Champagne house Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon continues to make vintage-only wines priding themselves by releasing Champagne in only optimal years.
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