2002 Moet & Chandon "Dom Pérignon" Brut Rosé Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon on the market, but what a wine it is! The 2002 Brut Rose explodes from the glass with endless layers of huge, voluptuous fruit, A big, full-bodied wine, the 2002 is probably the most overly vinous, intense Rose ever made by long-time Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy. Layers of cool, insistent minerality balance the fruit beautifully on the crystalline, vivid finish. The 2002 will be nearly impossible to resist young, but take my word for it; the wine is extremely closed right now. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright orange-pink. A heady, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied red berries, blood orange, rose oil and buttered toast, with vibrant mineral and Asian spice nuances adding complexity; smells like a high-class red Burgundy from one of the high-rent Chambolle neighborhoods. Sappy, penetrating raspberry and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air, with notes of orange marmalade and succulent herbs adding complexity. Clings with superb intensity on the smoky, minerally, floral finish.
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts in this harmonious version. A delicate bead caresses the mouth, while flavors of currant pâte de fruit, dried apricot, pastry and pickled ginger expand on the palate. Subtly floral, with a fine frame of acidity driving this to the mouthwatering finish of smoky mineral and dried fruit. Drink now through 2030.
Pale, but not that pale, tomato. Very, very fine bead. Smells so much more delicate than it looks! Red fruits: redcurrants. Much less crisp and crystalline than the white Dom P 2002 although just as much power. Even a hint of warm tomato leaf on the nose. Quite a substantial, meaty wine. I'm about to serve it as an aperitif but it's really more of a food wine. It even finishes rather savoury. Substance! Very persistent. A big 'un, but certainly very unlike the sweet and sour of most pink champagne. Drink 2012-2022. (18/20 points)