Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2006
(Champagne, France) - [VM 97+] [WS 96] [JS 95] [WA 95]
Regular price $900.00 Sale price $389.99 Save $510.01
About this Wine:
The weather in 2006 was generally warm and dry, although there were some contrasts. A heat wave hit during July, but August was unseasonably cool and damp. September brought another stretch of warm summer weather that saved the vintage, drying out the few places where botrytis was developing and leading to above average fruit ripeness. Harvesting began on September 11 and continued for nearly three weeks.
The bouquet is mesmerizing, ripe, and complex. The opening notes are a blend of dark spices and cocoa which develop very quickly into fruit aromas. Fruit reigns supreme, with roasted fig and apricot and candied orange. The overall effect exudes smoky accents.
The fullness of the wine is immediately striking. Its intensity and succulence set the tone through the sweetness and crisp punch of the flavors. The silky mouthfeel melts into a smooth, tight, and grainy structure with just a hint of vegetable flavors. The wine expresses an appealing brininess and saline character.
Inspiration & MasteryWinter is harsh, spring dry and late. At the end of a particularly sunny decade, this freshness surprises. The summer is hot without excess, only two days of torrential rains upset an ideal trajectory. In a few days, botrytis develops on the grapes, mainly the Pinot Noirs.
A race against time then begins: the berries are not yet fully ripe, but we have to decide. Quick. All of Dom Pérignon's resources are then concentrated on establishing a perfect map of the maturity and health status of each plot of its vineyard. Every minute counts.
This expert vision of the situation makes it possible to anticipate the rescue of excellent Pinot Noirs. The harvest is drastic, the sacrifice painful. Dom Pérignon decides to devote himself exclusively to spared grapes. Inspired and executed with precision, the decision turns out to be right. The challenge is met: Dom Pérignon declares this vintage “saved from the waters”.
Ratings & Reviews
"The 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé is every bit as captivating as it was last year, maybe even more so. At times powerful, but in other moments finessed, the 2006 constantly changes in the glass, revealing a different shade of its personality with every taste. Perhaps most importantly, the 2006 seems to have gained a level of precision and pure sophistication it did not show last year, when it was quite a bit less put together. Back then, the 2006 was a wine of tremendous potential; today that potential is starting to be realized. Quite simply, the 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé is a magical Champagne. Don’t miss it.." - Antonio Galloni (8/2020)
96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"This graceful 2006 shows lovely freshness, featuring a pronounced note of pink grapefruit granita layered with finely detailed accents of toasted nut, lemon thyme, smoky mineral and crystallized honey. Plushly creamy in texture, with a steely streak of acidity well-knit throughout and firming the lasting, spiced finish. Drink now through 2029." - AN (8/26/2020)
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé continues to show very well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of bitter orange, dried white flowers, red berries, toast and woodsmoke. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and muscular, with all the phenolic structure and depth that one would expect from a rosé that contains more than 20% still red wine, concluding with a sapid and chalky finish. As I wrote earlier this year, this is a vinous, gastronomic rosé that numbers among the decided successes of the 2006 vintage." - William Kelley (5/21/2020)
"Loads of complexity on offer here, from brioche to dried peaches to strawberries and cream and on to rhubarb fool, pomegranate pastries and bread crumbs. The mousse is wonderfully integrated to the edgy peaches and notes that feather the finest line between oxidation and reduction. Very layered and linear, this is an incredibly long and mind-bending Champagne." (16 Jul, 2020)