This bottling features a switch inside the punt which when pressed, illuminates the label! This might appear to be a cheap gimmick, but its true value is revealed when you find yourself within a dark room with an empty glass.
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.
Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moet’s 2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue. (In case my description hasn’t already made clear, we have here inter alia a fantastic sushi wine.) This will be worth following for at least the next 6-8 years, in the course of demonstrating that iconic status as a luxury brand, and elevated (albeit secret) production numbers by no means preclude a wine of understated as well as profound beauty.
Very pale straw gold with surely the most discreet bubbles in the champagne world. Very different from the 2003. A much more recognisable Dom Pérignon sort of nose with fairly intense classic toastiness. Minerals and raciness rather than fruit and body. Marked acidity and even a little lean but very fine. There are notes of iodine and bitter orange peel. This wine really gets saliva flowing. The finish is not massively persistent but overall this is a very well mannered wine. A Chablis of a champagne - which 2003 definitely wasn't! (It was more of a Pouilly-Fuissé.)
Pale, with a hint of gold, steady fine bead, the nose is still quite stricy with green orchard fruit, and a hint of yeast, the palate is fresh and tense, but the fruit is already to the fore, showing some suppleness. The balance is key, this is already enjoyable but really needs 2-3 years to reach ts prime drinking window. A fine Dom Perignon.
A Champagne of crystalline precision, the 2004 Dom Pérignon once again shows off its pedigree and total class. Everything about the 2004 speaks to nuance. The flavors are bright and lifted throughout, but it is the wine's lithe, gracious shape that stands out most. Pear, slate, white flowers, sage and crushed rocks abound in a Dom Pérignon built on cool, brisk energy. Today, the 2004 is simply dazzling, with plenty of upside for the future.
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