Dom Pérignon 2002
Perhaps this is a little over dramatic, but this is becoming increasingly difficult to find. However, we have just managed to secure a sizeable parcel of this magnificent wine, so if you haven’t got DP `02 in your cellar, or you just want to top up your reserves, here’s your chance…
As we have written before, the 2002 Dom Pérignon joins the list of luminaries such as Petrus 1990, Yquem 1847, Bollinger RD 1959, Latour 1961, Romanée Conti DRC 1978, Krug 1983, Vega Sicilia Unico 1980, Hermitage La Chapelle 1961 and Margaux 2000 with twenty out of twenty from Jancis Robinson MW. We wholeheartedly agree; this is as good as it gets! The nose is at first floral, then fruit filled, and then nutty, toasty and vanilla scented. On the palate what begins life fine and detailed, soon expands to become rich, powerful and broad, but still focussed, firm and mineral. Whilst it will undoubtedly give huge pleasure now, those looking for future enjoyment can rest assured that this is a Champagne with a very long life ahead of it.
"Extraordinarily firm, confident, intense nose. Definitely the savoury side of Dom. Nothing remotely sweet or fat - though it's as intense as a Montrachet. Wonderful quality of mousse - surely slightly less bubbly than it has been? More like a Montrachet with a bit of carbon dioxide laced into it than a typical champagne. Broad and long with a hint of orange peel. Great persistence. This already delivers but has such backbone and great acidity and light grip (only noticeable at the very end of the tasting experience) that it surely has a long life ahead of it. Really reaches every hidden cell of the palate. A very assured performance. LVMH at its very best?. 20/20" Jancis Robinson
"The 2002 Dom Pérignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine's volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032. 96/100" Antonio Galloni, erobertparker.com
"Disgorged in early 2009, it's pale, with a fine bead, already showing impressive toasty characters on the nose with an appley crispness and a touch of vanilla and almond; it's rich and surprisingly opulent on the palate, a subtly textured mousse with a leesy, almost white Burgundy-like quality, youthful, winey, a mineral, almost salty freshness allied to a youthful lemony zip complemented by honeyed undertone. This is a joy to taste and no doubt, in the future, to drink. 95+ /100" Anthony Rose www.anthonyrosewine.com