On the nose, the first hints of fresh almond and harvest aromas immediately open up into preserved lemon and dried fruits, the whole rounded off by darker smoky and toasted qualities.
In the mouth, the presence of the wine on the palate is immediately captivating. Paradoxically concentrated yet creamy, it is energetic and warm in the mouth, focusing on the fruit, then gradually taking on more profound bass notes. The whole holds its note perfectly, intensively, with just a subtle, elegant hint of underlying bitterness.
Dosage: 6 g/L
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.
— Antonio Galloni
98/100 (October 2015)
Whenever I get to drink the 2002 Vintage (Or talk about it) I am always extremely excited to share what really started my passion and interest in the Champagne world. Having been lucky to taste several bottles per year since its release and I consider it my favourite Dom Perignon only comparable by the 1990 or 1996 Vintage, what sets the 02 apart for me is a very vinous and extremely pearly taste that reminds me of a Vintage White Wine.
Wonderfully precise and creamy with lovely hints of apple, pear and wild red fruits. Strong aromas of dried nuts, lemon, citrus, and pastry linger in beauty.
Who needs food when you are lucky enough to drink this stunning Champagne, my favourite pairing for the 02 is with Joselito Bellota Jam, Rio Frio Russian Style Caviar, and Smoke Salmon. For dessert Chocolate mousse!
100+/100 (September 2016)