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  • By John Kapon
    Happy New Year 2011, 1/3/2011 95M points

    (Dom Perignon) The 1971 Dom Perignon began a monster streak of six killer Champagnes in a row from Big Boy, much like Derek Jeter delivers during World Series. Rob added six runs scored and twelve RBIs on top with the array that followed. The DP was classic with its sugary, vanilla wafer nose. It was rich and delicious, full of granulated sugar flavors to the point where I thought about it making one heck of a Bollini Royale or whatever mixed drinks they make with bubbly. I happen to always drink it straight, so I don’t really know these things. Although a touch sweet, all in all, it was outstanding
  • By John Kapon
    Hong Kong Diaries, 5/9/2009 96 points

    (Dom Perignon) A six-pack of 1996 Krug was the aperitif, and when that’s the aperitif, you know it’s going to be a good night. I didn’t take a note for that, as I was too busy meeting and greeting. The first official flight was one of Dom, beginning with a 1971 Dom Perignon. Aromas of cracked wheat and honey jumped out of its seductive nose. The palate was rich, long, dusty and spiny with great fizz. It was fresh, zippy and long, with excellent acidity. This was a superb bottle, absolutely delicious, brimming with white cola and honey flavors
  • By John Kapon
    Big Boy Does Vegas Night 2, 2/9/2008 95 points

    (Dom Perignon) We started with a gorgeous magnum of 1971 Dom Perignon. It had a vanilla sugared nose, baked brulee if you will, and was hazelnutty, toasty and fresh. Its palate was also fresh and zippy with hints of Dr. Brown’s celery soda. The palate was delicious; meaty, rich and fresh with great focus, a long finish and singular in its drive. It grew on me more and more, and hints of Asian orange blossom rounded out this immensely pleasurable Dom
  • By John Kapon
    Eddie's Holiday Truffle Party, 12/30/2007 95 points

    (Dom Perignon) A gorgeous magnum of 1971 Dom Perignon was next, and it was about as good as it gets. Clean and so fresh, it was balanced, still young, yet just starting to show some traces of mature flavors. Bread, seltzer, minerals, light toast and nuts were all in harmony in this exquisite Champagne
  • By John Kapon
    Kickoff Classic, 9/17/2005 96 points

    (Dom Perignon) It was time for another Champagne intermezzo, and the 1971 Dom Perignonwas another great Dom. It had a perfect nose, similar to the bottle I had just had with the Hedonist Jay. It was all about the vanilla and granulated sugar in the nose. The palate was rich, lemony, zippy and great
  • By John Kapon
    Dinner with Jay and Anne, 9/15/2005 97 points

    (Dom Perignon) Inspired by the 1990, Jay dug deep into the cellar early on, pulling out a pristine bottle of 1971 Dom Perignonfrom his cellar. The bottle lived up to its appearance, as it was practically perfect. Jay pegged, ‘apple cider and armagnac.’ I wrote, ‘so complex, what a wonderful nose.’ There were warm, mature notes in its aromas and flavors despite its youthful character, and I could see the consistency of the style of Dom Perignon travel back in time from the ’90 to the ’71, which was impressive. The apple, the bread and the crackers were joined by a dash of sea salt. Its flavors were meaty and full of vanilla oil, musk and citrus jam. Despite its creaminess and more secondary nature, it was still almost as fresh as the 1990! What a bottle
  • By John Kapon
    Dom Perignon, 12 Angry Men, Auction Lunch and a Holiday Party, 12/13/2004 95 points

    (Dom Perignon) the first bottle with a noticeable gold color, and was the only non-Oenotheque bottling between 1983 and 1964. It has an herbal edge in the beginning that integrated into its complex bread aromas. There was some lime there as well, with some delicious vanilla ice cream soda flavors. The 1971 was great . very smooth with mature malted flavors

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