2008 Dom Perignon Brut 1.5L

$699.00
(Net Item - no discounts apply)
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From a near-perfect vintage the 2008 is jaw dropping. It's just begging for a lobster tail and drawn butter to transport you to Champagne nirvana. James Suckling lost his cool for it, noting “A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers.” Sold!

Quite literally the Godfather of modern winemaking, Dom Perignon was a monk who lived at the Abby of Saint Pierre d'Hautvillers in the mid 1600s. While he was mesmerized by the bubbles captured in sparkling wine he did not (contrary to popular belief) invent sparkling wine. He did however spend nearly 50 years of his as the Abby's Cellar Master employing the most modern and thoughtful winemaking techniques. His efforts to "make the best wine in the world" are so legendary that his name lives on in perpetuity. Today the wine house of Dom Perignon's Chef de Cave strives to honor the namesake by producing a wine that is revealing of the lands' very soul. He's got a great canvas to work with; the picturesque rolling hills of the Marne Valley are the stuff of dreams for Champagne winemakers. Champagnes that set the world standard… talk about a legacy!

Varietal:
Sparkling
Winemaker:
Richard Geoffroy
Vintage:
2008
Appellation:
Champagne
SKU #:
1041021
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Vinous

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is fabulous, but quite remarkably, it was even more open when I tasted it a year ago. Bright, focused and crystalline in its precision, the 2008 is going to need a number of years before it is at its best. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2008 its chiseled, bright profile. Several recent bottles have all been magnificent. What I admire most about the 2008 is the way it shows all the focus, translucence and energy that is such a signature of the year, and yet it is also remarkably deep and vertical. In other words, the 2008 is a Champagne that plays in three dimensions.

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James Suckling

The best Dom since 2002. A vintage with very restrained, powerful style that has been released non-sequentially after the 2009. This has a lighter stamp of highly curated, autolytic, toasty aromas than many recent releases. Instead, this delivers super fresh and intense aromas of lemons, grapefruit and blood-orange peel. Incredible freshness here. The palate has a very smoothly delivered, berry-pastry thread with light, sweet spices, stone fruit and fine citrus fruit. This really delivers. Drink now or hold.

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Jeb Dunnuck

The 2008 Dom Pérignon is the first time the estate has released a wine out of order (the 2009 was released before the 2008) but the estate loved the wine so much they felt it warranted additional aging. This is a rich, powerful wine that still shows incredible purity and elegance, with a stacked, concentrated feel on the palate. It’s rare to find such a mix of ripe, pure, concentrated fruit paired with this level of purity, focus, and precision. This is a legendary Dom that surpasses all the great vintages of Dom I have experience with, including the 1990, 1996, and 2002.