1964 Moët & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne

SKU #1063287 96 points Vinous

 The 1964 Dom Pérignon (magnum, believed to be a 1970s release) was served later in the evening, after the first five 1964 Dom Pérignons. In many ways, the best was saved for last, as this profound Champagne delivered an incredible drinking experience. Hazelnuts, dried apricots and spices lingered on the eternal finish. (AG)  (1/2010)

93 points John Gilman

 The 1964 DP is a lovely, mellowed and deeply complex wine that retains a lovely filigree of bubbles and acidity, which act to nicely frame the mature, grand cru white Burgundy flavors and aromatics. The nose offers up a lovely, harmonious blend of honeyed apples, pear, sweet browned butter, candied orange peel and a lovely base of chalky minerality. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, fresh and round, with a gentle attack, but outstanding mid-palate depth and complexity, and sufficient acidity to keep it light on its feet, if not particularly racy on the long, complex finish. I am sure that some tasters would find this wine beginning to get a little long in the tooth, but to my palate this is a lovely stage at which to drink this wine. Not that this wine has lost all of its effervescence, but if one demands that their Champagne bounce across the palate with significant carbonation still extant, then knock three points off of my score. For me this is a beautiful place to enjoy a superb Tête de Cuvée.  (5/2007)

K&L Notes

1964 was one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century, and this Dom Pérignon was made at a time when Moët & Chandon made a lot less of it. The vineyards had yet to be rationalized with clones, and this wine is from the old, massal-selected vines.

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