There is usually a lot of hype around a new vintage of Dom Perignon launching and the 2012 is no exception. The 2012 holds true to the vintage being a little more muscular but staying true to the Dom Perignon house style possessing a tonne of complexities and finesse. The critics score this cuvee up to 98-Points.
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What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012! Pastry, a hint of smoke and autolytic notes provide a compelling counterpart to eager yet elegant aromas of citrus (lime, tangerine and kumquat) joined by those of fresh fruit, herbs, liquorice, and menthol. There is even a refreshing note of ivy. The palate is tense, vibrant, and very fresh despite its impressive density, which meets its match with an unending finish. This 2012 incarnates the very essence of Dom Pérignon with such a concentrated degree of intensity, along with a capacity for ageing, that it is surely destined for a second life in a P2 edition.
The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. The 2012 reminds me of the 2003, but with more finesse and not quite as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, something that was further compounded by warm, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Pérignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting, I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years.
The 2012 Dom Pérignon has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of Anjou pear, smoke, toasted nuts, freshly baked bread and crisp stone fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it's still tightly wound, its incipiently fleshy core of fruit framed by racy acids and chalky grip, complemented by a classy pinpoint mousse. A touch drier and a touch less reductive than the 2008 out of the gates, these two vintages are clearly destined to be compared for some time to come; but at this early stage, my instinct is that the 2012 will have the edge in the long term.
Dom Pérignon is widely recognized for its iconic label and global reach, making it one of the most influential brands in the Champagne industry, renowned for producing arguably the finest champagne in the world. What is most impressive, is Dom Perignon’s ability to balance quality, consistency, and quantity on a global scale.
Dom Pérignon is vintage champagne only using a typical blend of 50/50 Chardonnay to Pinot Noir with half of the vineyards classified as Grand Cru. Only the finest fruit is selected and only the best vintage are used.
In its youth, the house style of Dom Perignon is characterized by distinct notes of toasty and smoky aromas resulting from reduction. As it matures and ages on cork, it gradually unveils fragrances reminiscent of pear, peach, and tangerine, while the initial reductive signatures transform into subtler hints of wheat toast and iodine.
Notable Dom Perignon vintages include Dom Perignon 1996, Dom Perignon 2002, Dom Perignon 2008, and Dom Perignon 2012. As well as that, Dom Perignon does special labeling with artists with Dom Perignon Lady Gaga being the most recent.
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