Robert Parker 95+/100
Dom Perignon 2008 Vintage Champagne is finally here, aged for at least eight years to create the perfect harmony of flavours and released unusually, after the 2009 vintage. A mixture of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir grapes, this Champagne is light and warm on the nose, with aromas of white flowers and peaches. On the palate, there are strong, clear peach flavours and a gentle smokiness that offsets the vintage’s characteristic acidity.
Dom Pérignon was the first prestige cuvée, an idea proposed by Englishman Laurence Venn. The first vintage of Dom Pérignon was in 1921 and was only released for sale in 1936. Dom Pérignon is a vintage champagne, meaning that it is only made in the best years, and all grapes used to make the wine were harvested in the same year. Many champagnes, by contrast, are non-vintage, which means that the champagne is made from grapes harvested in various years.