1995 Moet & Chandon "Dom Pérignon Oenothéque" Brut Champagne

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Dom Perignon Oenotheque is the second release of this wine, and was disgorged in 2005. This silky-textured Champagne reveals breathtaking finesse, elegance and clarity in its perfumed bouquet, with delicate notes of pears and roasted nuts that add further complexity. The finish goes on and on. This mind-bending, kaleidoscopic Champagne possesses all of the qualities of profoundness, most importantly the ability to develop beautifully in the glass and the potential to acquire even more depth in bottle over the coming years. 1995 was a hot vintage, but this wine remains remarkably fresh. Simply put, the 1995 Oenotheque is a stunner. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2029." (03/09) 95 points Wine Enthusiast: "One of a series of limited releases of older vintages of Dom Pérignon, this wine is showing the mature richness of the vintage and of the Dom Pérignon style. It has toast, yeast, roasted almonds, a powerhouse of ripe fruits and a smooth, creamy aftertaste. Let this wine breathe before drinking, it will be worth it." (12/08) And 93 points from the Wine Spectator: "Rich in texture and beautifully balanced, showing lemon, honey, floral and peach notes. There's just a hint of toast and brine. This is lively and reveals candied citrus on the lingering aftertaste. Excellent length. Disgorged in 2005. Drink now through 2020." (06/09)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/9/2010  | Send Email
This is a serious bottle of Champagne. The Oenotheque program at Moet gives us a glimpse into another time for Champagne, when the best wines were given a long healthy ageing on the lees before release. Comparing my notes to the original release of the 1995 vintage, I was surprised to see that I found this recently disgorged version to be fresher in many ways than the standard disgorgement! The Champagne has a straw-gold color and a toasted sourdough nose that is identifiably DP, with just a hint of golden pears that suggest Meursault. On the palate the wine has it all- a bakery full of doughy goodness but with a brilliant, crisp mineral element to balance out the richness. It is much, much drier than any modern original disgorgement of Dom on the finish- a master stroke by their team to bring this decadent bottle into focus. The wine is unbelievably long finishing, and I expect that it will grow in memory. A tribute to the blender’s art!
Drink from 2010 to 2020

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

France

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Champagne

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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5