Dom Pérignon 2008 is superlative, luminous and glorious. Its original generosity - ample and tactile - is enhanced by a clear structure that gives it freshness and precision.
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|Producer||Moet & Chandon|
|Wine style||Champagne made in the champenoise method.|
|Grapes||Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
|Maturation||At least 72 months on the lees in the bottle|
|Bouquet||The immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasted notes, along with hints of licorice.|
|Taste||The wine’s opulence – contained and succulent, round at heart – reveals itself on the palate. The envelope slides and stretches, and the wine becomes more complex and edgy, silkier than it is creamy.|
|Pairs with||A gastronomic champagne that pairs well with strong flavours and textures. Great aperitif, well suited with fish, seafood, meat and other tasty and spicy dishes. Serve at 6-8 C.|
The name of this wine originates from Benedictine abbot Pierre Pérignon, who is believed to have invented the champenoise method. The cunning work of cave chef Richard Geoffroy does the rest, ensuring the utmost refinement of taste and the extreme completeness of this excellent champagne. The Dom Perignon is a great champagne, synonymous with prestige, luxury and elegance. It undergoes an aging of at least 72 months on the lees in the bottle.
From a technical point of view, 2008 was a very demanding vintage. Dom Pérignon 2008 turned out, though, to become a champagne of rare finesse, lively, elegant, mature and wonderfully mineral, perfectly balanced in every component.
Colour: Pale yellow
Perlage: Flamboyant, very fine and very persistent bubbles.
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.