2002 marked one of the greatest ever vintages of Dom Perignon; truly a joy to drink now, but is definitely worth finding room in your cellar for!
Dom Perignon gets its name from the Benedictine Monk, who in 1668 became the cellar master at Benedictine abbey of Hautvillers, in Marne, Champagne. During his time at the abbey, the vineyards thrived, and he made it his ambition to create - in his own words "the best wine in the world". By adopting new techniques, he was a pioneer in wine making and is thought to be the first to blend different grape varieties to improve the quality of wine. Dom Perignon is now a hugely sought after, top quality champagne.
While technically not the first, so called 'prestige cuvee', Moet & Chandon's Dom Perignon is certainly the first to be widely available and created a trend followed by many others! Dom Perignon is created from the ripest grapes from the finest plots and, if kept well, those with enough patience can see it develop and improve over decades.
To make a Champagne so consistently fine as Dom Perignon is, in considerable volume is quite remarkable, a tribute to the skill and developement of the ultra famous Grande Marque Moet & Chandon. We at Nickolls & Perks have been fortunate enough to study the wines in depth, tasting examples back to the 1960's, I have never been disappointed. The wines are indestructable remaining fresh for decades. This is undeniably one of the world's finest wines.
Extraordinarily firm, confident, intense nose. Definitely the savoury side of Dom. Nothing remotely sweet or fat - though it's as intense as a Montrachet. Wonderful quality of mousse - surely slightly less bubbly than it has been? More like a Montrachet with a bit of carbon dioxide laced into it than a typical champagne. Broad and long with a hint of orange peel. Great persistence. This already delivers but has such backbone and great acidity and light grip (only noticeable at the very end of the tasting experience) that it surely has a long life ahead of it. Really reaches every hidden cell of the palate. A very assured performance. LVMH at its very best?
The 2002 Dom Pérignon speaks to opulence and intensity. Rich, layered and voluptuous in the glass, the 2002 shows off its flamboyant personality with flair. Butter, cooked apple and tropically-leaning fruits mesh together effortlessly. Interestingly, with time in the glass the 2002 gains in freshness and energy without losing its essential opulence. The elevated ripeness of the year gives the 2002 Dom Pérignon distinctly Puligny-Montrachet leaning inflections. Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy adds that August that year was hot and very dry. Rain towards the end of the month and into early September freshened the vines and accelerated the final phase of ripening. This is yet another fabulous showing from the 2002, which continues to cement its reputation as a truly epic Dom Pérignon.
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