Dom Pérignon Vintage Brut 2012

Probably the most famous prestige cuvée, almost a byword for the category, dating to 1921

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What

The most famous prestige cuvée, dating to the 1921 vintage and a truly separate wine from Moët & Chandon since 1943; now a separate maison with its own Chef de Cave, the young and visionary Vincent Chaperon.


Where

Épernay; vineyard sources for chardonnay in Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and pinot noir in Aÿ, Ambonnay, Bouzy, Mailly-Champagne and Verzenay plus Hautvillers and Vertus; almost exclusively estate-grown fruit is used.


Why

The Dom Pérignon name sells itself, but true champagne lovers value it for its supremely tense, energetic, “reductive” style (meaning it is made with as little exposure as possible to oxygen), which allows it to uncoil slowly over decades in bottle. Every wine released from the house is vintage, typically aged 6-7 years on lees before release.


What else

The late disgorged “plénitudes” p2 and p3, are released after about 12-15 and 20-30 years in bottle respectively, but the normal disgorgement has a fruit purity and charm that make it the most approachable option.

Tasting Notes

Opens with a sparkle of white orchid, cedar, yuzu, celery and spark plug with lots of toothsome toast. The citrussy palate has a powdery texture, the acid is finely integrated, the body is poised and tense. Generous toastiness saturates the palate long after the wine has departed; the finish has a cleansing bitterness.

Try It With 

Savoury egg dishes like Chawanmushi.

When To Drink

Apéritif

Perfect For

Your family friend.

Tatler Tip

Hold onto these 2012s (drink your 2010's while you wait!)

TL/DR

Flinty, energetic, iconic.

Supplier

Moët Hennessy Diageo Hong Kong

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