Marks and reviews
To recreate an exceptional work of art year after year by harnessing an ever-evolving creativity and ambition, this is the philosophy symbolised by the Dom Pérignon 2008 Vintage.
It is really the climate of each growing season that defines the identity of each Vintage Dom Pérignon Champagne, precious bottles of which see the light of day only after many long years spent in the cool, dark underground chalk cellars of the Champagne House. The ageing of the bottles on the lees allows Dom Pérignon Champagne to gradually transform itself, to enhance itself through various different phases of plenitude and to reveal the signature spirit of Dom Pérignon.
It is after eight full years in the making that the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 is finally released into the light. This is the first plenitude, representing a window through which to behold the very first phase of the ever-evolving Dom Pérignon 2008. The Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 shows off a stunning balance and perfect harmony.
In an otherwise quite solar decade, the contrasting weather conditions of the 2008 vintage were truly memorable. And yet, in the beginning of September a miracle happened. Perfectly healthy, ripe fruit was harvested, starting on September 15th.
According to Richard Geoffroy, the great Cellar Master who started his tenure at the house in 1990, "Dom Pérignon liberates the 2008 vintage, freeing it from an over-literal interpretation of the canons of Champagne."
With its bright fruit and great complexity, the aromatic bouquet opens with delicate floral notes, citrus fruits and stone fruits, along with anise and mint, which bring a nice freshness. The second nose emphasises spicy and woody notes, reminiscent of roasting. On the palate, the flavours of the Dom Pérignon 2008 Vintage are perfectly coherent with the champagne’s aromatic expression. Precise, clean and tonic, the wine displays a warm, generous bounty of fruit, further enhanced by a lively acidity. Full of flavour, the length of the finish stretches forth infinitely, offering plenty of smoky nuances.
An exceptional Champagne that will hold its own in even the most daring of wine pairings, boldy expressing its personality, full of contrasts. A singular vintage reminiscent of the legendary 1996, a perfect balance between strength, elegance and freshness that has become the signature of the great Dom Pérignon Champagne House. The Dom Pérignon 2008 Vintage, already iconic.