One of the most famous bottles in the world and one synonymous for excellence. For my money, I don’t think there’s a better bottle of Champagne year in, year out than Dom.
Dom Pérignon was an administrator of the Abbaye d’Hautvillers in 1668. For nearly 50 years, he dedicated himself to creating “the best wine in the world. ” Dom Pérignon’s creative ambition is a constant quest for harmony as a source of emotion. Today, his legacy lives on as Dom Pérignon remains one of the most famous, luxurious names in all of wine.
2012 was a very special vintage in Champagne and this bottling has the distinction as one of the highest rated bottles of Dom ever in a long and celebrated history. Just a few bottles to go around of something very special.
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98 Points, Decanter
What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (lime, tangerine and kumquat) joined by those of fresh fruit, herbs, liquorice, and menthol. There is even a refreshing note of ivy. The palate is tense, vibrant, and very fresh despite its impressive density, which meets its match with an unending finish. This 2012 incarnates the very essence of Dom Pérignon with such a concentrated degree of intensity, along with a capacity for ageing, that it is surely destined for a second life in a P2 edition.
97 Points, Vinous
The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. The 2012 reminds me of the 2003, but with more finesse and not quite as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, something that was further compounded by warm, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Pérignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting, I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years.
97 Points, James Suckling
Wonderful elegance and balance to this Dom Pérignon with cooked apple, lemon and hints of white pepper and salt. It’s medium-bodied with really fine bubbles and balance. Spicy at the end. So wonderfully fresh, linear and long. Racy and elegant. A DP that invites to drink right now. All about finesse. Tension, too, with precise phenolics and bright acidity on the back palate. Subtle energy. Drinkable now, but will develop beautifully in the bottle.