Dom Perignon Champagne 2010
Possibly the most famous Champagne in the world, top of the 'Moet' line.
Named for Dom Pierre Perignon, a monk from a benedictine abbey in the 17th century, a great pioneer of winemaking techniques often (mistakenly) credited with inventing Champagne. 'Dom' is always a vintage champagne from an individual year, never blended, and only made in good years.
Considered a 'broad shouldered' Champagne, with a higher portion of Pinot Noir than usual making a more muscular wine. Loaded with fruit, structure and personality. Put it in the cellar if you have the patience? it's already 10 years old now but will reward 10+ years or more if given time.
2010 was not considered a particularly strong vintage for the region, with a lot of botrytis pressure particularly for the Pinot Noir. As a result it rewarded Chardonnay dominant wines, and the 2010 Dom Perignon has a higher portion than prior years as a result. Despite the tricky year the winemakers have turned out another spectacular wine.
Review of the 2010 Vintage:
A first, strong whiff of bready autolysis softens into a subtler notion of lemon-infused rye crumb with its edge of pepper and sourdough. One moment the rye notion is stronger, the other it is the pervasive lemon zest that has the upper hand with bracing freshness. The palate is a rounded but compact mouthful: taut, bright, firm, assertive and strait-laced. Its concentration is focused around a dense core from which both gentle, rounded Mirabelle fruit and a fine, pithy line of bitterness emanate. This makes the mouth water but also lends contour, a stern but alluring undertow, a pleasantly firm grip. Just how concentrated and balanced this is becomes apparent on the bold, clean and utterly appetising finish. This is exciting and bracing now but has the stuffing to age incredibly well.
98/100 James Suckling, July 2020 (2010 Vintage)
"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 flavours. 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."
96/100 Wine Spectator (2010 Vintage)
"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 flavour into a lithe frame. The fine mousse caresses the palate through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035."
- France - Champagne
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