2003 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne

SKU #1089853 95 points Vinous

 Once again, the 2003 Dom Pérignon shows its pedigree. Ample, powerful and beautifully resonant in the glass, the 2003 is built on a core of huge fruit and serious phenolic structure, both of which make it resemble a still wine, perhaps a fine white Burgundy with a bit of bottle age. There is more than enough density to allow the 2003 to age well for a number of decades. (AG)  (7/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2003 Dom Perignon is a big, broad shouldered wine. It does not have the seductiveness of the 2000, nor the power of the 2002. It is instead very much its own wine. In 2003 Geoffroy elected to use more Pinot Noir than is typically the case, and that comes through in the wine’s breath and volume. The 2003 is a big, powerful Champagne that will require quite a bit of time to shed some of its baby fat. The trademark textural finesse is there, though. I expect the 2003 to be a highly divisive Champagne because of its extreme personality, but then again, many of the world’s legendary wines were made from vintages considered freakish at the time. The 2003 is an atypically, rich, powerful, vinous Dom Perignon loaded with fruit, structure and personality. It is not for the timid, but rather it is a wine for those who can be patient. No one has a crystal ball, but personally I will not be surprised if in 20 years’ time the 2003 is considered an iconic Champagne. (AG) 94+  (11/2011)

93 points Decanter

 2003 was a controversial vintage in Champagne because of the intense summer heat in Europe that year. For Richard Geoffroy, this was the most extreme and challenging vintage in his 30-year career at Dom Perignon. The heat meant the vines began to shut down, while the sugars were moving off the scale, so he took the decision to pick very early. In doing so, he saved the day. ‘For me, this was a seminal vintage and gave us confidence that we could make good wines in warm years like '06 and '09,’ says Geoffroy. The acidity is certainly soft and languorous here, with a full, ripe and densely textured palate displaying a spectrum of flavours ranging from cappuccino to bruised apple, cream and caramel, followed by a savoury edge and a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This is now fairly mature but will keep a while longer. (JS)  (11/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 This was the vintage, a seminal vintage for Richard Geoffroy, that gave them the confidence to make a 2009 -- and push it so far with ripeness. Very light, fresh bead. '2003 made us understand so much about extreme conditions.' Spicy, dried cut-peel nose. Big and bold with a bit of bitterness on the end -- orange peel! Oxidative handling of juice means it is ageing much slower than usual. It was released in 2011 but it could have done with longer. Muscle. 18.5/20 points (JR)  (6/2017)

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