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Advent Calendar 2019

2008 Champagne Brut Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon · Epernay · Champagne · France

98
James Suckling
The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been ...
Classification: AOC
300+ in stock
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2008 · Champagne Brut Dom Pérignon · Dom Pérignon · Epernay · Champagne · France ·

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Average Critic Score
97
The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers. Drink now or hold.
James Suckling
The finest release of this iconic cuvée since the 1996 vintage, the 2008 Dom Pérignon wafts from the glass with an incipiently complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, green apple, dried white flowers and oyster shell, with only subtle hints of the smoky, autolytic aromas that have been such a prominent signature of recent releases. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, its notable flesh and amplitude controlled by incisive acids, with a youthfully exuberant but elegant mousse and a long, beautifully delineated finish. Considering the sheer size of this cuvée, it's a remarkable achievement and a fitting release with which to conclude Richard Geoffroy's tenure as chef de cave. Given the 2008's intensity and balance, I suspect purists will be anticipating later disgorgements with lower dosage and more time on the lees with particular enthusiasm. Tasted three times, with consistent results.
The eagerly anticipated 2008 Dom Pérignon was at last released at the end of 2018, and happily, I had the chance to taste it with the charismatic outgoing Chef de Caves, Richard Geoffroy, at an event in Beaune. I subsequently retasted the wine several times at my office in the United States. As the release of this vintage marks Geoffroy's retirement—effective January 1, 2019—after 28 years with Dom Pérignon, it also marks an important event in Dom Pérignon's history, commemorated by a special label. It's fair to say that Geoffroy's tenure has transformed this cuvée, and what he has achieved is certainly impressive. Since 2003, which few Champagne houses declared as a vintage and which Geoffroy made waves by opting to release, Dom Pérignon has been produced in every year with the sole exception of 2007, reflecting a decision to embrace the personality of each vintage more wholeheartedly. While cynics might observe that this decision has obvious commercial appeal, the wines have largely justified it—even if some vintages are obviously stronger than others. Geoffroy has also sought to pick riper fruit, harvesting late by the standards of the region in pursuit of more mature grapes. Especially for a cuvée of this size (production is confidential, but most estimates land north of five million bottles), that's decidedly unusual, reflecting an admirable willingness to take risks in pursuit of quality. Dom Pérignon today delivers more flesh, vinosity and texture than it did two decades ago. To my palate, the wine would be even more exciting if those qualities, admirable in themselves, could be married with greater energy and incisiveness—and perhaps slightly lower dosage—but that's likely an unreasonable counsel of perfection at this scale. Geoffroy's successor, Vincent Chaperon, has worked with his predecessor for the last 13 years, and it will be exciting to follow Dom Pérignon's evolution under his direction. In any case, the 2008 is unlikely to disappoint readers, as this ripe but racy vintage has synergized beautifully with the Dom Pérignon style. As readers will know, winemaking here is quite reductive, with the vins clairs vinified in stainless steel on the lees with full malolactic fermentation, followed by bottling and eight to ten years sur lattes before the first disgorgement. Yet the 2008 is less overtly autolytic and reductive in style out of the gates than the last handful of Dom Pérignon releases. Geoffroy's perception of the 2008 vintage is very much linked to reflection on the 1996 vintage, a heralded year that he feels was generally picked prematurely, before the fruit had attained full phenolic development. And while the 1996 Dom Pérignon is one of several undeniably superb wines produced in that year, Geoffroy's observation does appear to be supported by the disappointing evolution of more than a few 1996s today. With the similarly styled 2008 vintage, the Dom Pérignon team therefore sought riper grapes, and the wine is clearly richer and—as Geoffroy puts it—more muscular than the 1996, though cut from sim
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
James Suckling
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Sub-region Sub-region Epernay
Alcohol content Alcohol content 12.5 %
Classification Classification AOC
Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon is quite possibly the most iconic Champagne in the world. Tracing its roots back to the 17th century, when the monk, Dom Pierre Pérignon declared his ambition to create “the best wine in the world”. Today, he is known as the father of Champagne. He spent almost 50 years making the world’s first Champagne in the Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers. During this time he set the ten founding vinification principles required in Champagne production. Three centuries later, Dom Pérignon stands as the planet’s most recognized luxury Champagne brands. The first vintage of Dom Pérignon was produced in 1921 and became the first prestige cuvée for the house. Owned by the fine-wines and spirits group, LVMH, Richard Geoffroy has been the Chef de Cave for the brand since 1990. Geoffroy alone is responsible for deciding whether or not to declare a Dom Pérignon Vintage. Made from the very best grapes, each vintage of Dom Pérignon is unique, showing notable transparencies between the varying climatic conditions. The alliance between ripeness, vibrancy, lightness and intensity in each bottle gives the wine the ability to age with suppleness and elegance. ...
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2008 Champagne Brut Dom Pérignon 75 cl
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