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  • Country ranking ?

    3 190
  • Producer ranking ?

    119
  • Decanting time

    20min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    A plate of very finely sliced culatello & the ultimate in prosciutto

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 2003

Dom Pérignon is, and has always been, exclusively a vintage wine. I could be content with simply letting the vintage express its characteristics through the wine; however, in a constant effort to push the envelope, it is crucial to go one step further: we embrace the vintage and confront it to the singularity of Dom Pérignon in an act of creation.

The growing season shapes a vintage, but rarely as much as in 2003. The spring began with a deceptively mild weather which was not to last: freezing temperatures and hailstorms in early April culminated in a devastating frost on April 11, which nipped most of the Chardonnay vines in the Côte des Blancs, and destroyed up to three-fourth of its potential harvest.

What would already have made for an eventful year was only the beginning, though: over the summer, the most intense heatwave in 53 years lead to the earliest harvest since 1822. Fortunately enough, the grapes were perfectly ripe and in exceptional sanitary condition. Overall, the contrasting weather conditions contributed to an extraordinary richness and concentration.

The features of a vintage gifted with such a personality as 2003 will inevitably make their way into the wine, as they should. Actually, such an extreme vintage can sometimes even be considered too forceful. This is exactly where my challenge lies: finding the perfect balance between the expression of the vintage and the singularity of Dom Pérignon, turning a contrast into a resonance. In this specific case, the richness and intensity of the vintage responds to the usual vibrancy and tactile presence of Dom Pérignon. In my tasting notes, desciptors such as spices, candied fruits or licorice, although not altogether foreign to Dom Pérignon, convey the uniqueness of the vintage; whereas Dom Pérignon asserts itself through briny, smoky notes on the nose, and its signature minerality on the palate.

Finally, as the year 2003 was unfolding, the challenge awaiting me became clearer and I sought the inspiration of older vintages in our Oenothèque: 1947, 1959 or 1976. All these great wines from solar vintages had easily managed to weather the decades, as they all seemed so fresh and alluring. The acidity level was a riddle in itself, but the key was to focus on freshness, which could be reached through minerality as well as vibrancy of the fruitiness. I’m convinced that the intensity coupled with such a precise, chiselled phenolic structure will confer to Dom Pérignon Vintage 2003 the stability through time I desired.

My greatest hope is that, in the history of Champagne, Dom Pérignon can endure as the greatest tribute to the 2003 vintage.

Richard Geoffroy, Creator and Chef de Cave of Dom Pérignon since 1990

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

52 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Green-Yellow and Pale

ending

Long, Extensive and Lingering

flavors

Toasty, Mineral, Mint, Apricot, Truffles and Creamy

nose

Fresh, Complex, Seductive and Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Complex, Concentrated, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Elegant, Firm, Focused and Dry

Verdict

Good everyday wine and Well made

Written Notes

trikingly similar to 76 vintage in its infancy. A wine that many will judge as short-lived, but believe me, this should be expected to last long. The combination of power, weight and at the same time unmistakably caressing elegance makes me think of Mohamed Ali in his glory days. The concentration is magical and minerality and dry stringency are key words.
  • 92p

The 2003 is a different animal to the 2004 tasted alongside, it has more sex appeal with a refresher zingy style finish, the nose is very lush with a petrol edge, the palate is very relaxed, it doesnt have the tension of the 2004, and a little shorter too, but it is still an exciting glass of fizz, and will be enjoyable for several years ahead. Drink now-2020+

  • 92p

What’s more, the price-quality rapport here is excellent by any Champagne standards, and puts that of many a prestige cuvee to shame. Moet’s 2003 Brut Rose Dom Perignon exhibits both richness and robustness reflecting its torrid vintage, yet manages to stint neither on primary juiciness nor transparency to nuance; nor does it come off as at all heavy. Lightly cooked ripe strawberry and fig infused with rose hip, licorice, Ceylon tea, heliotrope and leather inform a delightfully forward nose and lush, effusively fruity palate. A tart and seedy edge to the strawberry serves for invigoration; and lobster shell reduction serves for mouthwatering salinity and somehow downright sweet animal savor. There is a hint of tannin, but it is fine-grained and suggestive of structural support. A long, seductively rich finish manages to harbor not just the immediately aforementioned virtues, but also a sense of transparency to floral and tea-like nuances and to virtually shimmering stoniness. This alluring and distinctive beauty should be worth following for at least the next half dozen years. Parker

  • 94p

The features of a vintage gifted with such a personality as 2003 will inevitably make their way into the wine, as they should. Actually, such an extreme vintage can sometimes even be considered too forceful. This is exactly where my challenge lies: finding the perfect balance between the expression of the vintage and the singularity of Dom Pérignon, turning a contrast into a resonance. In this specific case, the richness and intensity of the vintage responds to the usual vibrancy and tactile presence of Dom Pérignon. In my tasting notes, desciptors such as spices, candied fruits or licorice, although not altogether foreign to Dom Pérignon, convey the uniqueness of the vintage; whereas Dom Pérignon asserts itself through briny, smoky notes on the nose, and its signature minerality on the palate.

Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

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91p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Wonderful Dom Perignon tasting, 16 vintages agains other great champagnes from the same vintages and the best champagne was 1979 Pommery Cuvée Louise:)..average 98 points!...very close 1973 Cristal and Dom Perignon 1996 enoteque."

5y 6m ago

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"DP rosé 2002 will be great in 5-years. Henriot rosé get it drink it!!!!!"

5y 6m ago

92p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"some normi kulutus. loving comtes "

5y 6m ago

90p
 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Nice flight - 1971 a killer this time!"

6y 21d ago

93p
 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

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

6y 21d ago

91p
 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Great tasting, the best vintage was 1971."

6y 21d ago

91p
 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 2003  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Good bottles, Edward (and Romsku)"

6y 21d ago

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