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.
Tasted blind. Mid gold. Intense savoury nose – more savoury than many stereotypical Doms on the nose. A little weak on the (medium) finish. But excellent aroma. Just very slightly sweet on the mid palate. Improved in the glass. 2005?
The 2005 Dom Pérignon has a brilliant white-golden color and is intense on the yeasty nose, where vegetal aromas along with almond and rather discreet fruit flavors are displayed, before they intensify and become more rich. Firm, fresh and elegant, this is a full-bodied, complex and pretty rich, well concentrated and creamy-textured DP with a tightly woven structure; it has a still somewhat edgy finish. There is bit more Pinot Noir than usual in this blend, whereas the produced quantity is relatively low. Due to strict selections, just the half of the normal quantity was produced.
The 2005 Dom Pérignon is lifted and precise throughout, with a classy, understated personality to match. Pear, apple, mint and white flowers are laced together in a finely-knit fabric of pure class. Two thousand five was a challenging vintage because of rot issues, especially in Pinot Noir. As a result, the 2005 Dom Pérignon is more than 60% Chardonnay, which is quite unusual. Soft, and open-knit, the 2005 is the most complete Dom Pérignon for drinking now among recent vintages. I suspect the 2005 will also have a shorter arc of life next to some of the truly epic wines that surround it.
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