THE JEWEL OF DOM PÉRIGNON
Maybe I should have just titled this post “WANT.” Because I do.
To create the “best wine in the world” was the mission the monk Dom Pérignon set for himself at the end of the 17th century. Three centuries later, Dom Pérignon continues this noble pursuit, inspired by the man considered to be the father of Champagne, and pays him a flamboyant tribute with Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000.
Dom Pérignon Rosé is made from the purest fruit: the rarest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in Champagne. The first Dom Pérignon Rosé was laid down in the cellar in 1959 and was then released in 1971.
Now, after almost ten years of aging on the lees in the Dom Pérignon cellars it is with great excitement that Richard Geoffrey, Chef de Cave, releases the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé 2000.
“The wine is fresh, fruity vibrant and mature, enabling it to reach the desired intensity and complexity, so Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000 draws its energy as much from the roots of an aesthetic vision born in the 17th century as from a passion for the future.” exudes Geoffrey.
Dom Pérignon embodies and upholds a commitment to creation and embraces the opportunity to push the limits further by surpassing boundaries to the point of contradiction. The Pinot Noir grapes shine through in the Vintage 2000 to create shimmering amber and copper colour.
Geoffrey continues, “Dom Pérignon Rosé shows another side of Dom Pérignon, an interpretation of its style at its most daring and brilliant. Unexpected facets of the wine shine through, revealing the essence of the Rosé in a new light.”
The wine’s surprising colour is deep and strong, glinting with amber and copper. The amazing paradox is that this rosé wine is never really pink. It owes the depths of its almost oriental highlights to its unique hues. Life is not rosy, but thrilling.
On the nose
The first floral notes immediately give way to black cherry and candied citrus peel, complemented by cocoa and a few smoky accents.
On the palate
The flawless construction achieves a perfect classicism on the palate, dominated by a sensation of balance, consistency and integration. The wine has a surprisingly brilliant and fleshy fruitiness. Its initial solidity becomes more tactile and finally sappy, with a subtly bittersweet note.
The 2000 Harvest
The year 2000 was warm, with cooler-than-average temperatures in the month of July and frequent storms that brought significant amounts of rain and hail.
The initial tastings revealed that the Chardonnay grapes harvested last were supple, ample and complex; they give Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000 its suave character.
The Pinot Noir harvest was structured and offered great length.
In contrast to prior vintages, a qualitative homogeneity was found in the two grape varieties harvested, conferring on Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2000 its well-defined classical balance.