1998 Moet & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne
This is a wine that thrives on tension between its structure, opulence, elegance and poise. It is certainly ripe and opulent, but it is so well balanced and layered with acidity, and flavors of almonds, orange peel and kiwi fruits. It will certainly age.
Wine & Spirits
This young wine has a potent mousse and equally brisk acidity. Its flavors are bright white, from chalk to fresh cream; they take some time to meld with the vibrant structure, coming together with air, lithe and refined. Richness develops in scents of brioche, mouthwatering with a fat Belon oyster, built to age.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. An enticing blend of red berries, butter and toast on the nose; this settled down to an earthy, smoky character that reminded me of Bâtard-Montrachet. Full and rich, with flavors of musky yellow plum and ripe pear accented by crisp mineral notes. Really long and vibrant on the building finish, if not as precise or elegant as the 1996. Still, of the two vintages, this is the one I would prefer to drink... (ST)
Exuding honey, vanilla and light coffee notes, this creamy Champagne straddles youth and maturity. Well-balanced, fine and vibrant. The coffee and vanilla notes will develop with age.
Pale gold. Fruit smells much riper than on the Dom Ruinart 98. Toasty with a hint of char, almost a little reductive, ginger too. Rich and toasty on impact then filled in the middle with a really bright citrus freshness. Marked struck-match character on the palate. Dense and still so full of energy. Generous in flavour and a tension keeping it in shape on the finish. Lots of char as it opens up. (18/20 points)