2005 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
I believe that the 2005 DP is the best since 2002, which remains the best recent vintage and is probably only eclipsed by the amazing 100-point 1996. The 2005 is a full-bodied DP with so much richness and loads of ripe fruit such as pineapple and papaya. It has a wonderful, creamy texture and a long and intense finish. It’s a Champagne that fully satisfies but at the same time challenges you with its strength, depth and persistence on the palate.
*Cellar Selection* With some age, this is a gloriously ripe and toasty wine. It has a rich character emphasized by the round texture and the creamy mousse. It also has great concentration, bringing together acidity as well as dense secondary flavors. With its rich, mature character, it is best suited for food. It is ready to drink, but will hold well through 2025. (RV)
The 2005 Dom Pérignon is lifted and precise throughout, with a classy, understated personality to match. Pear, apple, mint and white flowers are laced together in a finely-knit fabric of pure class. Two thousand five was a challenging vintage because of rot issues, especially in Pinot Noir. As a result, the 2005 Dom Pérignon is more than 60% Chardonnay, which is quite unusual. Soft, and open-knit, the 2005 is the most complete Dom Pérignon for drinking now among recent vintages. (AG)
A rich version, with a streak of smoky minerality underscoring the flavors of clover honey, apple, blackberry and biscuit. Creamy in texture and persistent, presenting a long, sculpted finish. Drink now through 2030. (AG)
Tasted blind. Mid gold. Intense savoury nose – more savoury than many stereotypical Doms on the nose... But excellent aroma. Just very slightly sweet on the mid palate. Improved in the glass. 2005? 17.5/20 points