Chardonnay Pinot Noir French Champagnes, Epernay France
A rare opportunity to satiate the senses by experiencing one of the world's great wines, after a quartenary of bottle development under perfect cellaring conditions. With a fullness in the mouth, its complexity rises to the surface, underscored by the vibrant warmth of floral, bonbon and spice. The excitement and intensity develops, melting on the tongue, unravelling layers of fruit, the consummation of desire, the ultimate expression of delicacy and finesse. The fulfillment of all idyll, almost unsettling, remains discreet, pronounced on the endless, lingering finish.
The noble cepage of Chamapagne, a union of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, continue to be the Dom Perignon's mainstay, creating a synergy quite rare in the world of oenology. The making of each vintage involves a delicate job of assemblage and adjustment, different each time, before the mysterious balance between Dom Perignon's white and black grapes can be achieved. This delicate exercise is full of risks. The assemblage of each Dom Perignon vintage is a creative act in the most inspired and daring sense of the term. The extra effort that goes into its making enables every vintage to express a unique character while affirming through its singularity, the timelessness that is Dom Perignon.
A fine bead, delicate and persistent, forming a creamy mousse, within a rainbow of hues that range between platinum, snow gold and tawny amber. Fresh, crystalline and sharp, the nose reveals a unique vegetal, aquatic world, with hints of white pepper and gardenia. The wine's maturity then makes a gentle appearance before exhaling peaty accents. In the mouth, the attack is direct, a prelude to a lusty roundness that seems to curl up like a plant. The notes of anis and dried ginger glide over fruit skins (pear and mango), creating an effect that is more tactile than fleshy. The finale stretches out and then comes to rest, calm, mature and diffuse. An ineffable charm has made itself felt, with no effect on the wine's integrity.