A very distinctive nose and flavor profile - rich, full, nutty with a touch of oak, dry but not excessively so, multi-layered in its flavors and persistent in its length. At twenty years old, fully developed, the edges burnished and the patina of its golden color resonant in the glass. Very delicious, a wine for the ages and a special occasion, which this was.
3 mags shared with guests at our 20th wedding anniversary party. Light yellow gold colour. Still plenty of vigorous bubbles. This was still quite youthful and compact in this format. Indeed, I'd suggest giving these at least another decade if served from mags!
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(Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon Champagne) A pale straw hue, with a very fine bead, although it is very persistent. The nose gives little rounded nuances of nuts and cream, specifically almonds, with a smoky, roasted white meat character which sounds really strange, but it was a rich and attractive aroma. It has certainly taken on a little more interest and complexity since my last tasting. The palate is full and broad, but more marked by its fine, precise purity. There are also some sweet fruits with a delicate cream, and a gently rounded mousse. Very good indeed, with lots of promise still. This one should stay in the cellar yet.
(Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon) Quite a pale hue, with a sparse bead. The nose takes half an hour or so to really open out, revealing smoky, honey-edged brioche, with a little creamed-mushroom character. Wonderfully elegant, and showing some appreciable development since my last tasting. Quite a fine, precise palate, showing lemon-edged white citrus fruits, with a tinge of honey brioche character, and very firm acidity. Nuances of orange blossom and jasmine provide emerging complexity, buoyed along by a creamy mousse. Great persistence. This is lovely, but should excel in the cellar over the next decade.
(Moët et Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon Champagne) Very pale in appearance. A sparse bead with moderate sized bubbles. It remains quite restrained on the nose, with mere hints of aromas that typify youthful Dom Perignon, a mixture of almonds, cream and white fruits. The palate maintains this reserved, closed-down theme, as it remains very tight. Much more grip and acidity than fruit or flavour at present, but there is a fine mousse. This is a great wine in the making and I look forward to opening the remaining bottles in the distant future. Hold for three to five years minimum.
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