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    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

The Story

 At the end of the 17th Century, Dom Pierre Pérignon stated his ambition to create ‘the best wine in the world’.  On 29 September 1694, Dom Pierre Pérignon wrote that his mission was to create “the best wine in the world.” He dedicated himself to improving viticulture techniques, perfecting the art blending grapes from different crus, and introduced the gentle and fractional pressing to obtain white wine from black grapes.Ever since, the House of Dom Pérignon has perpetuated this visionary approach instilled by its founder, one that remains a hallmark of true luxury: the constant reinvention of the exceptional.

Under the creative leadership of cellar master Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon is reinvented with every vintage. The miraculous concept of assemblage – the delicate balance between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – and the commitment to Vintage are instrumental in the act of creation, revealing the wine's extra soul. Precise and tactile to the point of seamlessness, tense through rhythm and vibrancy, vigorous and fresh yet mature, intense and complex – such is the sensual style of Dom Pérignon: so inviting, yet so mysterious...

The core of the blend are the eight historical Grands Crus, Aÿ, Bouzy, Verzenay, Mailly, Chouilly, Cramant, Avize and Le Mesnil, plus the legendary Hautvillers Premier Cru. Dom Perignon also has the unique privilege of being able to select grapes from all 17 Grands Crus in Champagne. giving birth to Dom Perignon's highly intriguing contrast".

 

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Vintage 1971

Vintage 1971 by Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon
Chef de Cave

The 1971 harvest:
The year consisted of a cold, dry winter and spring frosts which affected a considerable part of the vineyard. Flowering in June took place in difficult, stormy conditions. The harvest began on 18 September.

On the Nose:
The wine is intense and incisive as well as complex. Fruit notes and roast, toasted and spicy aromas succeed each other and mingle, creating a bouquet evoking a certain restraint.

On the palate:
The sensation is one of remarkable freshness, structured, full and powerful. The finish is impressive, reminiscent of elegance, persistent vigour, with nuances of smoked wood and peppery vanilla.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

43 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Straw and Clear

ending

Long, Flavorful and Lingering

flavors

Toasty, Coffee, Mineral, Apricot, Honey and Nutty

nose

Intense, Seductive, Complex and Refined

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Well-structured, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Harmonious, Rich, Elegant and Dry

Verdict

Sophisticated and Impressive

Written Notes

Inspired by the 1990, Jay dug deep into the cellar early on, pulling out a pristine bottle of 1971 Dom Perignonfrom his cellar. The bottle lived up to its appearance, as it was practically perfect. Jay pegged, ‘apple cider and armagnac.’ I wrote, ‘so complex, what a wonderful nose.’ There were warm, mature notes in its aromas and flavors despite its youthful character, and I could see the consistency of the style of Dom Perignon travel back in time from the ’90 to the ’71, which was impressive. The apple, the bread and the crackers were joined by a dash of sea salt. Its flavors were meaty and full of vanilla oil, musk and citrus jam. Despite its creaminess and more secondary nature, it was still almost as fresh as the 1990! What a bottle 

  • 97p
All the older vintages of Dom Pérignon develop a clear tone of roasted coffee beans. The '71 is full of such aromas. The taste is slightly thinner than the '73 and without its walnut tones, but the aftertaste is actually longer. Better and more impressive almost every time I taste it.
  • 96p

A level fill as far as I remember, golden with a light amber hue, remarkable small bubbles. Slight oxidative note, yeast, nuts and caramel, even almonds. Ok acidity and mousse, balanced, slightly lean, leafy and earthy and a bit short. Burnt caramel finish. I prefer fresher style and bottles of champagne! 88 (The 76 some weeks back was a very different animal)

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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1971  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Nice flight - 1971 a killer this time!"

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1971  ( Moët & Chandon )

"1969 was amazing 98p and 1934 runnerup with 97p. "

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1971  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Great tasting, the best vintage was 1971."

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