2010 Dom Perignon Brut Champagne with Graduation Cap
TASTING NOTES: on the nose - The luminous sweetness of tropical fruit green mango, melon, pineapple instantly shines. It then cedes to more temperate notes, the tingle of orange zest, the mist of a mandarin orange. The wine breathes, revealing its freshness The bloom after the rain. A tactile sensation of peony, jasmine and lilac.
on the palate - The wine immediately imposes its ample presence, full and massive. A sappy sensation dominates as the tactile is rapidly overtaken by the aromatic. The body unfolds generous, firm and controlled. Then it contracts, letting the wine vibrate with spices and pepper. The energy is sustained to a scintillating, saline finish.
The 2010 Harvest: With the lowest temperatures since 1996 the first part of the year contrasted with the entire decade. Winter frosts and a cool spring were reminders of the vineyard’s northerly latitude. The summer was hot, but not excessively so, and infrequent rain confirmed a particularly dry year.
Suddenly, in mid August, everything changed The equivalent of two months of rain fell in just two days With the heat and the water, maturation was fast and generous, but the harvest began with botrytis mold attacking the pinot noir grapes
As in 1995 the grapes had an elevated balance, at the same time sweet and acidic, but some parcels had to be left out and others sorted in order to bring out the best in a vintage rich in contrasts.
Dom Pérignon has a creative ambition, the quest for harmony as a source of emotion.
All creative processes have their constraints For Dom Pérignon it is the vintage.
An absolute commitment to bear witness to the harvest of a single year, whatever challenges it brings, even going as far as not declaring a vintage.
Time is fundamental in the Dom Pérignon equation The active maturation is the time spent in the bottle while on the lees in the darkness of the cellars. Each Dom Pérignon vintage slowly undergoes a metamorphosis, intensifying to achieve the three successive Plénitudes windows of expression that speak for themselves and reveal another aspect of the Dom Pérignon spirit.
After more than eight years of maturation in the cellars, Dom Pérignon Vintage becomes the First Plénitude that of harmony Everything is there, with great precision, in a highly accomplished balance which ensures a long lasting Dom Pérignon.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 was a bold wager, the fruit of an unwavering commitment to expressing nature, coupled with the freedom that makes audacious endeavors possible. Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 is a wager that has been won thanks to inspiration and to the mastery that comes from experience. The passage of time has revealed the grandeur of this vintage of which Dom Pérignon is among the very few to bear witness.
James Suckling - "A firm and vivid Champagne with a precise, focused palate. Full-bodied and dry. It’s very layered and bright with light pineapple, peach, praline, cooked-apple and stone aromas and flavors. It’s very subtle and focused at the end. Integrated with richness and high acidity. Good depth. Reminds me of the 1995. Very clean. Solid. Lovely to drink already, but will age nicely."
Wine Spectator - "A graceful Champagne, featuring fragrant notes of toasted brioche and grilled nut that are more subtle on the palate, transitioning to a rich underpinning layered with a pure chime of tangerine and accents of candied ginger, toasted saffron and lime blossom. This bundles a lot of concentrated flavor into a lithe frame. The fine mousse caresses the palate through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035."
Wilfred Wong - "The 2010 Dom Pérignon is a masterful effort as expected. Chef de Cave Vincent Chaperon accepted a challenging vintage and handled it with care producing a wine of outstanding qualities. I tasted the wine over two days and found that it grew in the bottle, which isn't always the case. This wine shows exceptional freshness and persistence. Its pinpoint beads lead to aromas and flavors of tart apple tension, refreshing minerality, and suggestions of savory spices. Pair it with thinly-sliced longneck clams and minced parsley. "
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