Dom Pérignon Brut 2008
Dom Pérignon is made with the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties and is made only in large Champagne harvests and using best grapes. After a minimum of 8 years of aging in the winery, they reach the perfect balance.
The 2008 vintage was characterised by cloudy and grey skies that gave way to a day with radiant sun just in time for the harvest, perfect conditions along with a maturity that exceeded expectations and impeccable health that created, after years of patience, this deep, balanced and complex Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 with an almost miraculous purity and acidity.
To the bracing acidity, concision and aromatic purity expected of the 2008 vintage, Dom Pérignon adds depth, density and complexity. The light is warmer and less harsh.
"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."
(9/2018) - 98 points, James Suckling
"The finest release of this iconic cuvée since the 1996 vintage, the 2008 Dom Pérignon wafts from the glass with an incipiently complex bouquet of Meyer lemon, green apple, dried white flowers and oyster shell, with only subtle hints of the smoky, autolytic aromas that have been such a prominent signature of recent releases. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and complete, its notable flesh and amplitude controlled by incisive acids, with a youthfully exuberant but elegant mousse and a long, beautifully delineated finish. Considering the sheer size of this cuvée, it's a remarkable achievement and a fitting release with which to conclude Richard Geoffroy's tenure as chef de cave. Given the 2008's intensity and balance, I suspect purists will be anticipating later disgorgements with lower dosage and more time on the lees with particular enthusiasm. Tasted three times, with consistent results."
(1/2019) - 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate