2002 Moet & Chandon "Cuvée Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne (1.5L)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Ripe apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine's volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in it the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. To be released summer 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032. (AG)
Wine & Spirits
Think of standing above a well at the edge of an apple orchard, the cool feel of the earth deepening the bosky scent of the ripening fruit. This wine may take you there, then leave you to contemplate its complexity: full-on limestone-derived power, juicy nectarine and apricot scents, candied lemon and lasting spice, all of it rounded into a supple shape and a subtle mist of a finish. A great vintage of DP, this will age with grace.
A rich and smoky Champagne in a graceful package, with a beautiful, fine-grained texture to it and layers of flavor—biscuit, candied lemon peel, coffee liqueur, chamomile, pine, crystallized honey and wood smoke. This is the haute couture of the Champagne world—all about elegance, texture and attention to detail. Drink now through 2027.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Smoky citrus and pear aromas are complicated by honeysuckle, sweet butter and allspice. Bright and incisive on entry, offering lively lemon curd and orange flavors that give way to a deeper, musky mango quality in the mid-palate. Showing more depth than the '02 Dom Perignon right now, which is comparatively shrill. The spicy finish features a subtle smoky quality and impressive persistence.
55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Very complex nose. Nervy and multilayered. Wonderfully delicate mousse and attractively dry finish. This tastes as though it will go on forever. A very subtle champagne that seems if anything to have slimmed a little in bottle. A real tonic. Definitely tastes drier, tauter than most. 19/20 points.