Dom Pérignon Rosé 2004 - the very first release
The great and the good of the UK wine trade met yesterday for a very first look at Dom Pérignon’s newest release, Rosé 2004. As a successor to the somewhat exotic 2003, the 2004 marks a return to classicism, combining a delicacy of aroma with the Dom Pérignon’s characteristically vinous texture.
The story of the vintage is well documented by previous releases – suffice to say it was a season that threw up few hazards for vignerons, with harvest carried out at a leisurely pace after a steady period of ripening. The wine itself is very fine, with a strong floral character preceding notes of steely minerality and stony, very pure Pinot Noir flavours. Demure at first, it takes a little time to unfurl, becoming prettier and more tempting with each passing minute in the glass. The bead is exceptionally refined, and the finish, while delicate, has a fine symmetry and impressive persistence, suggesting charms yet to be revealed. It is in fact, a quintessential Dom Pérignon Rosé – fans of the cuvée will not be disappointed.
The vital statistics run as follows: Dosage is 6 grams. The blend for production is approximately 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay with the assemblage including 15-20% of still wine from some of their best exposed Pinot Noir sites. Disgorgement was in 2013, after 9 years on its lees.
"Relative to many other recent vintages, the 2004 Dom Pérignon Rosé comes across as quite delicate, feminine and graceful. Floral notes are woven throughout, adding to a very appealing and attractive sense of lift. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 puts on weight in bottle. At the moment, the 2004 is a bit understated, but I will not be surprised if at some point it takes off given the extremely positive way in which the 2004 blanc has developed over the last few years"
Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: March 2014 - 94+ Points
“Tasted next to the lovely 95 P2 this wine felt very young and almost a little verdant. Otherwise, everything is here already. Great flowery and fruit. Obvious hints of milk chocolate, nougat, purple roses, raspberry, orange and Granny Smith apples. A tight and classic contexture. Unfortunately, far too many bottles of this adorable beautiful wine will be drunk far too early by night crowds worldwide.”
Richard Juhlin. Score 93, Potential 96.