ON THE EYE
Beautiful golden effervescent lighting bubbles
The nose is full and varied, mingling flowers with fruit, and the vegetal with the mineral. The bouquet is tactile, subtly enticing us along a trail of powdery white flowers and nectareous apricot, followed by the freshness of rhubarb and mint and the minerality of ash. White pepper.
Energy dominates on the palate. After a welcoming opening, the wine quickly becomes vibrant and then literally explodes with a surge of effervescence and tonicity. Focused by acidic and bitter notes, the finish brings a penetrating tautness marked by ginger, tobacco and toasted accents.
Grape Varieties: 46% Pinot Noir | 54% Chardonnay
Ageing: 8 years on the lees
Disgorged: February 2019
Dosage: 5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2030
The Dom Perignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. The 2012 reminds of the 2003, but more finesse and not quite as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, something was further compounded by warn, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Perignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting, I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years.
(Originally published in May 2012)
97/100 (Drinking Window 2022/2052)