THE QUICK SIP
• Created by 17th century monk Dom Pierre Pérignon. God bless him.
• Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from 8 Grand Crus and 1 Premier Cru.
• Vintage dated; made in only the best years.
• It’s all about exceptional balance.
• Wines that are aged longer in the cellars go by “P2.”
Wine Spectator reviews and ratings
Dom Pérignon 2002
A rich and smoky Champagne in a graceful package, with a beautiful, fine-grained texture to it and layers of flavor—biscuit, candied lemon peel, coffee liqueur, chamomile, pine, crystallized honey and wood smoke. This is the haute couture of the Champagne world—all about elegance, texture and attention to detail. Drink now through 2027. –AN
Dom Pérignon 2000
Starts out round and plush, then the structure takes over. Light peach and berry flavors prevail as this plays out on the lingering finish. Give it a little time to integrate, but this should develop well. Best from 2009 through 2024. –BS
Dom Pérignon 1999
There’s a high-toned minty graphite accent to the aroma, with a citric edge on the palate. The structure is overlaid with lemon and bread dough notes. This is tight and crisp on the finish, so break out the sole or shellfish, or wait a few years. Best from 2008 through 2020. –BS
Dom Pérignon 1998
Exuding honey, vanilla and light coffee notes, this creamy Champagne straddles youth and maturity. Well-balanced, fine and vibrant. The coffee and vanilla notes will develop with age. Drink now through 2015. –BS
Dom Pérignon 1996
This features floral, candied citrus, pencil shaving and hazelnut aromas and flavors. It’s fresh and focused, with a firm structure offset by a mouthfilling richness and a lacy texture. Not a blockbuster, but seamless and seductive in its approach. Drink now through 2010. –BS
Dom Pérignon 1995
Exotic, with ripe candied fruit character (black currant and citrus) and biscuit notes that unfold on an open yet firm structure. Lingers subtly on the finish. Drink now through 2008. –BS
Dom Pérignon Rosé 1995
Vibrant, firm, intense and minerally, supporting subtle berry and currant aromas and flavors. Elegant, though well-toned, with a dry, chalky finish. Drink now through 2010. –BS
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