Moët & Chandon "Dom Perignon" Rose 2008
(Champagne, France) - [WS 97] [JS 97]
Regular price $900.00 Sale price $599.99 Save $300.01
About this Wine:
Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2008 is part of a solar decade. Yet in the heart of this period, the year stands apart. Spring and summer were gray and overcast, leading to a deficit of warmth, as well as light. And then miraculously – as in 2000 or 2006, and the mythic 1996 vintage – September’s sun and winds completely reversed the situation. The eagerly awaited maturity of the grapes burst through, thriving with an unprecedented high-toned balance.
The fruit asserted itself with remarkably intense aromatic persistence and a composite consistency that opened up an exciting array of possibilities. Setting aside the accepted Champagne canon and reinterpreting convention, Dom Pérignon liberated the 2008 vintage with a bold assemblage created with pinot noir grapes from the “Chants de Linottes” parcels in Hautvillers and the “Vauzelles” parcels in Aÿ, whose fruit and structure balance the tension between the precision and natural radiance of the wines with more body and weight. The quest for harmony that defines Dom Pérignon is crafted here from contrasts and oppositions that sometimes border on contradiction.
The bouquet bursts forward with raspberries and wild strawberries. Persistent powdery notes of iris and violet immediately meld with the fruit aromas. After breathing, greener nuances arrive, evoking privet, angelica and camphor tree.
The initial sensations are tactile, full-bodied and silky as they unfold like a caress, gradually becoming bolder. The acidic foundation that is the signature of the vintage weaves into the structure of the pinot noir, vibrating the heart of the wine. The affirmed, persistent finish is redolent of peonies and white pepper
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
96 Points - Wine Spectator:
"An impeccably balanced and graceful sparkling rosé, with a plushly creamy mousse. It’s hard to tell where the firm spine of well-honed acidity and the expressive range of pureed raspberry, candied ginger, tangerine and lemon thyme flavors begin or end. A rich hint of smoky toasted brioche plays on the finish. Drink now through 2033"
"This shows incredible depth of fruit with strawberry, cherry and phenolics. Full-bodied and layered with an incredible, three-dimensional element to the wine. This is so transparent and dynamic with dark fruit, yet it remains vivid and bright. Refined and precise, it goes on and on. Really savory, fresh and incredibly pinot-noir-like. What a wine. 13 years of maturation in the bottle. So drinkable now, but it will age for many years ahead."