Do Not Use - Dom Pérignon 2003 (1 x 750mL), Champagne, France.

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Dom Pérignon is Vintage Only: an assemblage of the finest grapes of a single year in Champagne. It is an act of creation in the most inspired and most audacious sense of them. With, as a final reward, the birth of a vintage.

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Expert Reviews

It's only a blessing when nature concentrates the fruit in the way it has done with the 2003. This mighty and extra rich wine will benefit from being drunk as really old. 30 years probably...

Rating 96 - Richard Juhlin, The Champagne Club

Very much part of the Dom Pérignon family with its reductive, smoky nose with tight lemony fruit and a hint of citrus peel. Beautifully balanced. Thoroughly satisfying.

18.5/20 - Jancis Robinson

Unfortunately there is only one new release from Dom Perignon this year. The 2003 is one of the most unusual Dom Perignons I have ever tasted, going back to 1952. Readers will remember that 2003 was a torrid vintage across northern Europe, especially during the critical month of August, when temperatures remained very hot for well over a month. The harvest was the earliest on record, until 2011, that is. I suppose its not that surprising Chef de Caves Richard Geoffroy chose to make a 2003 Dom Perignon, given his penchant for risk-taking, an approach that has yielded so many memorable wines that stretch the perception of what big brand Champagne is and can be. 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. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2038.

Rating 94+ Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (NOV/2011)

Wine taste regulars are well familiar with my adoration of the spectacular Dom Pérignon 2002, which you can still pick up under $200. The recent release of the 2003 has been greeted with much scepticism, particularly as one of the latest releases for this aberrant heatwave vintage, recording Champagne’s hottest summer on record. Even Moët intelligently released its 2003 before its 2002 vintage wines. Chardonnay was scarce, necessitating a change in the Dom Pérignon blend. And to protect it from oxidation in bottle, the juice was allowed to oxidise for two or three hours as it came off the press. To what effect? In its credit, Dom Pérignon is one of the better 2003s made in Champagne. In a vintage as challenging as 2003 this is hardly an endorsement. This is a rich and powerful Dom, layered with aromas of ripe peach, brioche and roast nuts, admirably maintaining a refreshing note of lemon blossom perfume. The palate leads out with fine, crunchy lemon zest and quickly pulls into a firm, drying finish. Its acid line is admirable yet fruit falls away quickly, leaving a dry, phenolic, skinsy finish that defines this as the least vintage for Dom Pérignon of the modern era. The question is rightfully asked as to why it was ever released. Rating 92 - Tyson Stelzer

Winery Tasting Notes


The bouquet spirals through sweet, bright floral notes and the lively minerality so typical of Dom Pérignon, then notes of candied fruit, plants, the incredible freshness of camphor leaf and finally the dark hints of spices and liquorice root.


The wine is currently still physical. It is compelling, tactile and vibrant rather than aromatic. The rhythm and tempo are more dominant than the melody. At first mild and delicate, then strongly confidently mineral, persistent, precise, with a refined bitterness, and an iodine, saline tang.

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Champagne house producing the single most important champagne brand in the world, and part of the vast LVMH group. The Champagne house was founded by Claude Moët, born in 1683 to a family which had settled in the Champagne district during the 14th century. He inherited vineyards and became a wine merchant, establishing his own firm in 1743. He was succeeded by his son Claude-Louis Nicolas and his grandson Jean-Rémy Moët, who used his impressive connections to open up international markets for his wine. Jean-Rémy was a close personal friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, and was awarded the cross of the Légion d'Honneur in the final years of the emperor's rule. In 1832, Jean-Rémy handed over the firm to his son Victor and his son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon. At the same time, the company acquired the Abbey of Hautvillers and its vineyards. In 1962, Moët & Chandon's shares were quoted for the first time on the Paris Stock Exchange, leading to a period of considerable expansion. First, Moët bought shares in Ruinart Père et Fils, the oldest Champagne house, in 1963. Five years later, it acquired a 34 per cent stake in Parfums Christian Dior, increasing this to a 50 per cent stake shortly afterwards. In 1970, Moët took control of Champagne Mercier, a popular brand in France, and capped it all by buying out Dior and merging with Hennessy in 1971 to form the holding company Moët Hennessy. The acquisitions continued unabated, including, in 1981, a stake in the American importers Schieffelin, which incorporated a 49 per cent share in H. Sichel Söhne in Germany, producers of Blue Nun, until the Sichel family bought it back in 1992. At one stage this American investment also involved the Simi winery in Sonoma, Moët having established Domaine Chandon, a seminal sparkling California wine-making establishment in the Napa Valley, in 1973.

This was by no means the company's first venture into the New World. Bodegas Chandon was established in Argentina in 1960, and Provifin, now Chandon do Brasil, followed in 1974, both companies making considerable amounts of wine for the domestic market, much of it sparkling. In Germany, too, a sekt business had been established in the form of Chandon GmbH in 1968. In 1985, the group founded Domaine Chandon, Australia, to make a premium sparkling wine sold as Domaine Chandon in Australia and Green Point in the UK, and in 1987 established a company in Spain for the production of a cava although the winery and vineyard associated with Masía Chandon were subsequently sold to Freixenet.

In 1987, Moët Hennessy merged with the Louis Vuitton Group, makers of luxury leather goods and then owners of Champagne houses Veuve Clicquot, Canard-Duchêne, and Henriot, and Givenchy perfumes. The LVMH group's composition continues to evolve but in 2005 it owned five Champagne houses: Moët & Chandon, Mercier, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, and Krug (having once also owned Pommery, and Lanson briefly while stripping it of its extensive vineyard holdings before selling it on). Of these, Moët & Chandon and Mercier are run most closely in tandem.

Moët, the brand, continues to sell at over twice the rate of its nearest competitors and claims that one in four bottles of Champagne exported comes from the house. It is the leading brand of champagne in most world markets with a share of the champagne market in the United States that can be as high as 50 per cent.

The house prestige cuvée is named after Dom Pérignon, the legendary figure of the Abbey of Hautvillers, and broke new ground in terms of packaging, pricing, and qualitative ambitions when it was launched in 1928.

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