2008 Dom Perignon Champagne Cuvee Vintage Luminous
2008 Dom Perignon Champagne Cuvee Vintage Luminous
2008 was dominated by grey, overcast skies ? an exception in a decade characterized by bold, generous sunshine. Just when the harvest was getting underway, the weather conditions were finally perfect: blue skies and prolonged north-northeasterly winds. The grapes were riper than anyone dared hope, and had truly outstanding balance. The vines were in perfect health.
To the bracing acidity, concision and aromatic purity expected of the 2008 vintage, Dom P?rignon adds depth, density and complexity. The light is warmer and less harsh.
The opening bouquet is complex and luminous, a mingling of white? flowers, citrus and stone fruit. The overall effect is enhanced by the freshness of aniseed and crushed mint. The final aromas offered by the wine are starting to show spicy, woody and roasted notes.
After a long period of reluctance, the wine is finally opening up. There is complete balance between the nose and the palate. Its slender, minimalist, pure, toned, athletic character is now also expressed with warmth. The fruit is pronounced and clear. The vintage’s characteristic acidity is remarkably well integrated. Its persistence is mainly aromatic, grey, smoky and highly promising.
The wine enjoys duality: warmth & freshness, meat & iodine pairings, cooked & raw. Spices enhance and accentuate 2008?s effervescence and densify the wine. Dom P?rignon likes playful experiences: culinary art, textures, and matters.
Wilfred Wong (99/100)
COMMENTARY: Dom P?rignon?a luxury brand that needs no introduction?is going to get even better as it moves through the generational changes with the changing of the guard. While this wine has always sparkled in a class by itself since its inception in 1921, the soon-to-be-released 2008 vintage reflects a transition in the winery’s Chef de Cave. After nearly three decades as Cellar Master, Richard Geoffroy is turning the reins over to Vincent Chaperon, and the new guy gets to begin his Dom P?rignon career with one of Champagne’s best vintages. I enjoyed the fortune of tasting this wine twice (9/24/18 and 9/26/18). In the first tasting, the wine seemed young and impenetrable. Time aided it, and it opened up spectacularly. Two days later, in a new situation (and a different bottle, of course), the wine seemed to be even more evocative. In both cases, there is no question this is one of the winery’s best efforts. I took more than my usual sips?studying a wine of this magnitude sometimes needs patience. TASTING NOTES. This wind deftly exhibits richness and elegance. Its aromas and flavors of bright apples, light chalk, and yeast autolysis come to the fore along with its and persistent, yet delicate palate presence and long finish should pair it superbly with the fresh toro you bring onto your palate. (Tasted: September 26, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
James Suckling (98/100)
The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers.
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History of Dom Perignon
Dom Pierre P?rignon, a French Benedictine monk, set out his vision to “create the best wine in the world” when he became Cellar Master at the sacred Abbey of Hautvillers in 1668. Dom P?rignon dedicated over 40 years to this mission, employing a visionary spirit and daring approach to the wine making process. Over that time, he became known as the ?father of champagne? for laying down the fundamental rules for the traditional Champagne production method (La Methode Champenoise or Traditionelle). A favored wine of the Sun King Louis XIV, Dom P?rignon himself compared his wine to “drinking stars”.?
Dom P?rignon: an absolute commitment to Vintage
Dom P?rignon?s commitment to vintage is absolute. Each Dom P?rignon is a true act of creation, made from only the best grapes. The champagne?s intensity is based in precision, so inviting, so mysterious. Each Vintage has three Pl?nitudes, and embodies the total faith in the creation that is constantly renewed by Chef de Cave Vincent Chaperon. Coupled with a bold sense of playfulness, Dom P?rignon inspires the greatest creators in the world.
A quest for harmony as a source of emotion
Made only from the best grapes grown in one single year, each Dom Pe?rignon?s Vintage represents a harmonic balance between the nature of the year and the signature of Dom P?rignon. After no fewer than 8 years of elaboration, each vintage emerges complete, seamless and tactile.
How Dom P?rignon is Made
Dom P?rignon Champagne is made through an assemblage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, created by using only the best grapes harvested from the 17 Grands Crus in Champagne and the Premier Cru of Hautvillers.