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Champagne Dom Pérignon Vintagetext

Champagne Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012

Champagne, FranceThe most classic of the Classics? Dom Pérignon is named after the 17th century Benedictine monk, Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), who, by legend, is said to have invented sparkling wine while cellarmaster at the Abbey of Hautvillers. This is the prestige cuvée of Moët et Chandon since 1937. 2012 has been widely recognized as an epic vintage (reputed a 'solar' vintage, like 2022), so it's little surprise this DP is glowing at present. A near split of pinot noir and chardonnay (51% / 49%), this was disgorged in September 2020, with 5 g/L, after 7+ years sur lattes. Having most recently tasted the 2010 DP, this is leaps and bounds beyond. Exceptional depth and complexity here, with fine tuned lemon shaping green and red apple, white cherry, decadent brioche, across a deeply layered, deeply chalky core. Corseted with lemon zest, and laced with riveting salinity, this lingers extremely long on the chalky finish. Nimble, yet assertive, this DP merges elegance with power. Drinking so very well now, and all signs point to a lengthy future ahead. Wow.Tasted: 03 November 2022Tasted by: Prices:
AB$300.00750mlselect private retailers
Producer: Dom PerignonDistributors: Charton-Hobbs
Blend: Pinot Noir - ChardonnayCSPC: 280461UPC: 3185370693445