Dom Perignon : Vintage 2008

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The perfect balance of the « athletic » Dom Perignon 2008

To recreate an exceptional work of art year after year by harnessing an ever-evolving creativity and ambition, this is the philosophy symbolized by the Dom Perignon 2008 Vintage.

It is really the climate of each growing season that defines the identity of each Vintage Dom Perignon Champagne, precious bottles of which see the light of day only after many long years spent in the cool, dark underground chalk cellars of the Champagne House. The aging of the bottles on the lees allows Dom Perignon Champagne to gradually transform itself, to enhance itself through various different phases of plenitude and to reveal the signature spirit of Dom Perignon.

It is after eight full years in the making that the Dom Perignon Vintage 2008 is finally released into the light. This is the first plenitude, representing a window through which to behold the very first phase of the ever-evolving Dom Perignon 2008. The Dom Perignon Vintage 2008 shows off a stunning balance and perfect harmony.

In an otherwise quite solar decade, the contrasting weather conditions of the 2008 vintage were truly memorable. And yet, in the beginning of September a miracle happened. Perfectly healthy, ripe fruit was harvested, starting on September 15th.

According to Richard Geoffroy, the great Cellar Master who started his tenure at the house in 1990, "Dom Perignon liberates the 2008 vintage, freeing it from an over-literal interpretation of the canons of Champagne."

With its bright fruit and great complexity, the aromatic bouquet opens with delicate floral notes, citrus fruits and stone fruits, along with anise and mint, which bring a nice freshness. The second nose emphasizes spicy and woody notes, reminiscent of roasting. On the palate, the flavors of the Dom Perignon 2008 Vintage are perfectly coherent with the champagne’s aromatic expression. Precise, clean and tonic, the wine displays a warm, generous bounty of fruit, further enhanced by a lively acidity. Full of flavor, the length of the finish stretches forth infinitely, offering plenty of smoky nuances.

An exceptional Champagne that will hold its own in even the most daring of wine pairings, boldy expressing its personality, full of contrasts. A singular vintage reminiscent of the legendary 1996, a perfect balance between strength, elegance and freshness that has become the signature of the great Dom Perignon Champagne House. The Dom Perignon 2008 Vintage, already iconic.

Parker : 96+ / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
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.
Champagne
Vinous - A. Galloni
98

Alcohol
12.5

J. Robinson
18.5++

J. Suckling
98

Dessert wine
No

Country
France

Wine certification
AOC

Grape varieties
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

Region
Champagne

Appellation
Champagne

Color
White

Producer
Dom Perignon

Sweetness
Brut

Parker
96+

Allergens
Contains sulfites