1988 Moët & Chandon "Dom Pérignon" Brut Champagne

SKU #979914 94 points Vinous

 An unexpected treat, the 1988 Dom Pérignon is a fabulous surprise. Here the flavors are bright, focused and tense, with attractive floral and citrus notes that cut through the richness of the chilled lobster appetizer. (AG)  (3/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 No tasting note given.  (12/1994)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful. Offers great toasty, earthy aromas, lively but mellow fruit flavors and a lingering finish. Seems suave and sophisticated, even better than when reviewed earlier. Tempting now, but should improve.  (12/1996)

92 points John Gilman

 Out of the blocks the 1988 Dom Pérignon was tight and a tad on the green side and I never expected it to blossom as beautifully as it has at age twenty. It is still not a very top vintage of DP, but it is now drinking very well indeed and has plenty of life still ahead of it. The bouquet offers up a lovely mélange of warm bread, tart apples, grapefruit, complex minerality, a touch of straw, lemon zest and a delicate touch of DP’s youthful herbal complexity. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, crisp and still quite crisp and racy, with a fine core of fruit, fine mousse, and good length and grip on the complex and classy finish. A very good and unfolding vintage of Dom Pérignon that may still be on its way up and will be even better with further bottle age. 92+  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Robert Parker offered praise for this quintessential Champagne: "Dom Perignon, is quite possibly the most iconic wine in Champagne, and perhaps the world. Production numbers are always kept close to the vest, but that notwithstanding, it is impossible to ignore the exceptional quality that the best vintages offer. At its best Dom Perignon is also an extremely ageworthy wine." (12/2008)

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