Very well made wine just fails to meet expectations, notes, of nut, biscuits, citrus and tart Apple, palate has nice freshness to it at the start but becomes quite tight and austere on the mid palate through the finish. Yet to meet an 03 champagne (including Kruger) that was worth declaring a vintage for
So I was a little split here. Had been saving the bottle for >1 year and had something to celebrate. On the one hand, it's unmistakably DP, that flinty nose, with a hint of toastiness on the finish. On the other hand, I've had more palate complexity at a far lesser price. Two dimensional at best whereas other vintages brough more to the playing field. Having said that, it's otherwise hard to fault. I agree with everyone's comments about green apple and caramel, but not a whole lot else. Finishes smooth and long. I'll happily replace the bottle with another from an alternative vintage.
Second time I tried this. Some lemon, citrus fruit, fresh, but no body, almost flat. All in all very disappointing. With air even more. This was ranked last in a series of 5 bottles we drank tonight. I am seldom a friend of DP, but this 2003 is definitely not worth the money. This should not be a vintage champagne.
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(Moët & Chandon Champagne Cuvée Dom Pérignon) Light medium yellow color with few, speedy, tiny bubbles; yeasty, tart lemon, tart pear, tart apple, hazelnut nose; tight, tasty, yeasty, mineral, very tart apple, tart lemon, hazelnut palate; medium-plus finish 94+ points
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