2003 Dom Pérignon "Koons" Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1141082 96 points Wine Spectator

 Finely detailed in texture, with an expressive flavor profile of strawberry pâte de fruit, biscotti, ground anise and ginger, matched to vivid acidity and a rich, minerally character. Broad and creamy on the palate, featuring a long, echoing finish. Drink now through 2029. (AN)  (12/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 What’s more, the price-quality rapport here is excellent by any Champagne standards, and puts that of many a prestige cuvee to shame. Moet’s 2003 Brut Rose Dom Perignon exhibits both richness and robustness reflecting its torrid vintage, yet manages to stint neither on primary juiciness nor transparency to nuance; nor does it come off as at all heavy. Lightly cooked ripe strawberry and fig infused with rose hip, licorice, Ceylon tea, heliotrope and leather inform a delightfully forward nose and lush, effusively fruity palate. A tart and seedy edge to the strawberry serves for invigoration; and lobster shell reduction serves for mouthwatering salinity and somehow downright sweet animal savor. There is a hint of tannin, but it is fine-grained and suggestive of structural support. A long, seductively rich finish manages to harbor not just the immediately aforementioned virtues, but also a sense of transparency to floral and tea-like nuances and to virtually shimmering stoniness. This alluring and distinctive beauty should be worth following for at least the next half dozen years. (DS)  (11/2013)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose plays right on the edge of reduction though it is nowhere near as pronounced as that of the '06 Dom as there are notes of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and plenty of yeast elements that can be discerned. There is fine freshness to the zesty medium-bodied flavors that are quite rich as would befit a wine from the 2003 vintage yet the dense and relatively fine mousse serves to keep the finish refreshing and light on its feet. This is not a Dom Rosé of finesse and refinement but for those who enjoy powerful rosés this would be an excellent choice. Moreover it could actually be enjoyed now though it should have no problem holding for years to come.  (1/2016)

93 points Vinous

 One of the positive surprises in this tasting, the 2003 Dom Pérignon Rosé is now finally beginning to put on a little weight, although it remains inward and very much tightly wound. It will be interesting to see how the Rosé develops. The 2003 Blanc has always been more impressive than the Rosé. This is the first time I have seen anything that suggests the gap between the two 2003 might narrow some day. Sweet exotic aromatics linger on a finish that remains marked by a slight element of astringency. Disgorged 2012. (AG)  (5/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 The Dom Pérignon team continue to make a strong statement with their roses. And the 2003 vintage certainly helped them by providing relatively bumptious, full-on ingredients. This wine is a pale tomato red - much deeper than most other pink champagnes - with a distinctly orange tinge thanks to the wine's age. This wine, designed for drinking with food, is big and almost Grenache-like!!! The finish is dry but along the way there are some strawberry notes and a suggestion of long oak ageing. I keep thinking of Tondonia Rosado (another complex, long-aged pink, though from Rioja)! Not that persistent, this lip-smacking wine is a bit of a cheeky chappie. Almost more of a defiant statement that flies in the face of conventional rosé wisdom than a wine. Very full - definitely for the table rather than a refreshing aperitif style. (JR)  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

This collector's edition of Dom Pérignon Rosé is tucked into a gift box designed by the artist Jeff Koons. The exterior of the box has photos of the sculpture Koons created for Dom Pérignon, called the Ballon Venus, with a reflection of the artist's studio visible on the surface of the sculpture's shiny curves. The inside of the box is designed to mimic the iridescent interior of the original sculpture. The bottle itself incorporates the sculpture's radiant magenta color on both the foil and the iconic Dom shield.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2013 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I paired this bottle with some chunky, rich, peppered smoked salmon from the Mountain View Farmers Market. This oily, flavorful fish on top of olive oil basted crostini brought out the best in the 2003. I would recommend a dish like this with this wine as it is a huge wine and likes the food. This is rose Champagne XL, with breadth and weight on the scale of Burgundy, but flavors that are all Champagne: clean dark fruit, transparent toast, and a yeastiness that DP fans will find familiar and love. The bead is effusive and the texture rich and thick with a finish that is round and fruit driven rather than mineral.

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