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(Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon) Light lemon yellow color with few, tiny bubbles; yeasty, lemon foam, light herbs, white chocolate nose; very tasty, yeasty, white chocolate, mineral, lightly honeyed, tart lemon palate; long finish
(Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Pérignon) There is a good pressure behind the cork, nevertheless it holds quite a rigid shape once removed from the bottle. In the glass, this still has a pale straw-gold hue, and a swirling torrent of bubbles soon settles down to a fine but still plentiful bead. The nose is divine; don't get me wrong, I know this cuvée can hardly be described as a micro-vinification, with (probably) millions of bottles produced each vintage that it is released, but I still find the aromatic character here divine. There are little reductive elements here, and long with that notes of almonds and cashews, both tightly reined in and very defined, with lemon and stone fruit freshness, and a structural sense suggestive of polished stone. The palate is just as lovely, with the lift from a quite seductive but still lively mousse, and bright and precise acidity. There is fruit, but with a gently crystalline element. A good sense of finesse here, but there is no denying the slightly bitter, pithy grip that lies underneath it all. Long and grippy. I think this is quite fabulous. Most importantly, if not already clear, although good to go now this is still bright and beautifully composed, and well set up a few more decades in the cellar yet.
(Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon) Bright light yellow color; very yeasty, briney, lime nose; refined tart lime, tart orange palate with minerals and high acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ pts. (needs 2-3 more years)
(Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon) Light medium yellow color; subtle lime, yeast, mineral and mandarin orange cream nose; tasty, tart citrus, peach and grapefruit palate with balance; medium finish
(Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon Champagne) A local wine merchant stopped over for dinner and what better way to start the evening than by taking my first look at this, the highly lauded 1996 vintage. An attractive golden hue in the glass, with a plentiful bead. The nose, though, is just gorgeous, already quite open and evocative, much more than I would normally expect from Dom Perignon at this youthful age. There are notes of precisely presented hazelnuts and cream, crème brûlée, wrapped in clean citrus tones. A firm mousse with an open nuttiness, but more impressively a fabulous presence on the palate, backed up by great acidity. This already has a lovely character, but is well set up for future development, and should be a truly stunning Champagne with time.
(Dom Perignon) So lacy and elegant. Almost the definition of finesse. Tremendous concentration of light citrus fruits and brilliant integration of acid, bubbles and fruit. Obviously young but I'm not pouring mine out.
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