Dom Pérignon 1996 (1 x 750mL) Champagne, France. Boxed

Dom Pérignon Champagne is known world-wide as one of the finest sparkling wines available. The name Dom Pérignon originates with its namesake Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), a Benedictine monk credited with the invention of Champagne.

Overview

Dom Pérignon Champagne is known world-wide as one of the finest sparkling wines available. The name Dom Pérignon originates with its namesake Dom Pierre Pérignon (1638-1715), a Benedictine monk credited with the invention of Champagne.

Region:
FRA - Champagne
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

The brilliant 1996 Dom Perignon, which has largely disappeared from the marketplace, may be the finest young example of DP I have ever tasted. Notes of crushed rocks, honeysuckle, lemon oil, orange marmalade, and white pear provide a stunning aromatic display as well as palate impression. Great acidity and huge flavor intensity backed up by vibrant acidity make this an exquisite Champagne. It should drink well for 20-25 years, possibly longer. Readers should remember that the 1971 Dom Perignon Rose is still drinking exquisitely. I recently had the 1969 and 1970 Dom Perignons (from magnum), and both were drinking brilliantly. It makes one realize just how long-lived these wines can be. Production is confidential, but there must be hundreds of thousands of cases of Dom Perignon since it available in most of the world’s luxury hotels and restaurants.

Rating 98 - Drink: 2005 - 2030 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (DEC/2005)

Three 1996s from Dom Perignon are special. After having compared original releases and OEnotheque bottlings across a number of vintages going back to 1964, I am increasingly of the belief that the most enjoyable Dom Perignons are impeccably stored bottles of the original release. The 1996 Vintage is coming along quite nicely. Early notes of tertiary complexity have begun to appear, adding considerable richness and breadth. This remains a Champagne of fabulous elegance that will offer highly rewarding drinking for decades.

Rating 97 - Antonio Galloni, In the Cellar (NOV/2010)

Winery Tasting Notes

“When I tasted this wine for the first time it was together with Tom Stevenson at its world premier at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. Both of us were surprised by the openness and direct charm that this classic, unmistakable Dom Pérignon exhibited. The acidity was there, under the blanket of sweet, rich aromas created by a rather high dosage and ripe grapes. The nose is heavenly with its elements of peach, lemon, and lime, together with vanilla, chocolate creams, and coffee beans. The taste is caressingly soft and very rich. Wonderful on the spot, but surely a wine to follow through life's every phase. Geoffroy is a genius!” 94 Points, (Richard Juhlin, www.champagneclub.com 03/2009)