I had never previously tasted the 1993 Dom Pérignon and was quite delighted to see it waiting at attention to start a very memorable white truffle dinner here in New York in late November. The wine is now drinking very well out of magnum, offering up a lovely and à point nose of apple, orange zest, sourdough bread, lovely minerality and a topnote of overt smokiness. On the palate the wine is crisp, deep and full-bodied, with a good core, elegant mousse, bright acids and fine focus and grip on the long and still youthfully lean finish. Many vintages of Dom Pérignon will often start to become defined by their lovely chardonnay tones with extended bottle age, but my gut feeling that the 1993 vintage is never going to get quite to that opulent side of the Dom Pérignon mature character, as the vintage’s profile seems likely to always keep this lovely wine a bit racier in profile. Drink between 2018-2035.
A divine creamy, almost yeasty nose with a touch of walnut. Very fine nervosite on the palate, vibrant, citrus acidity. Steel on the mid-palate. Elegant but powerful. I doubt it will last as long as other vintages but for now this is a delicious champagne to celebrate with. Tasted November 2004. (NM)
An intense, complex nose of toast, yeast, earth, brine and mushroom opens this luxury cuvée. Medium-full and soft, by Dom Perignon standards, the palate offers subtle, light green herbs, sweet citrus and honey flavors. Lemon and lime predominate on the long, smooth finish. Classy stuff, if not possessed of the reserve or spine of the top vintages. Fortunately, that actually means it drinks better now than most Dom of comparable age.
Understated, pure aromas of musky stone, orange, smoke and truffle. Full, ripe and harmonious; not a huge or superconcentrated wine but quite subtle and fine, with brisk, juicy flavors of orange and minerals. Lingering, ripe finish. (ST)
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