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!