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  • Decanting time

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  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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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 1988

CHAMPAGNE: From this year, the most classic and refined champagnes were producedChampagnes are long-lived and mature slowly to their peak.

Winter and spring were fairly mild. Inflorescences began in good weather in June. Already during the next month, the cloud masses swarmed to the Champagne province. Finally, the sky broke right before harvest. The harvest remained smaller than in the previous year. Even though the weather was unstable, the vintage produced fine and elegant wines, of which many have just reached their peak. The wines are marked by high acids and a concentrated, precise style. A real classic vintage. There is no rush to enjoy these wines, as they endure storage well and will continue to develop well for the next 10–12 years. Indicative of a slowly maturing vintage is that Krug released to the market first the Clos du Mesnil 1989 vintage before the 1988 vintage. This year has also stayed in mind as the vintage when Jacquesson & Fils produced the first of its three late bottled special cuvées – the Jacquesson DT (Dégorgement Tardif).

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

31 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Gold and Clear

ending

Long

flavors

Coffee, Toasty, Smoky, Honey and Buttery

nose

Intense, Complex, Seductive and Tempting

recommend

Yes

taste

Average in Acidity, Concentrated, Multi-dimensional, Complex, Elegant, Fresh, Toasty and Dry

Verdict

Masterpiece

Written Notes

Dom Pérignon is probably the world's most famous Champagne, and the '88 is an outstanding example of how beautiful this wine can be. Its notes are pure, like a brilliant diamond, and the nose is very fine. Toast, coffee beans, and fresh orangey fruit come to mind. The taste is also brilliant with clear, sharp, uplifting aromas of fruit and nuts. An ultra-sophisticated, rather light Dom Pérignon.
  • 95p
The .88 had a sexier, muskier nose with forward bread components and a glazed sweetness in a honeyed, toffee style. There was a peanutty side to its musk, Thai style. Given the small age difference between the 1988 and 1990, the 1988 seemed a lot more mature than the 1990. The palate had a great bread, nut and honey three-way happening, which led me to think how a sexy nose should always lead to a three-way on the palate. The palate was actually brawnier than I expected, with a very bready finish. Dan liked its .overripe, Bacchanalean fruit.
  • 94p
I’ve written elsewhere about what I think of the magnificent 1988 vintage in Champagne and Dom was/is one of the very best. Always has been. I’ve never quite found out the details but there seemed to be a very large number of '88 magnums of Dom released into Brisbane. The Thursday lunch group, mentioned in the Mates article, have had it appear on numerous occasions, though not for quite a few years. It was great to see it again and it was as good, if not better, than ever. For those that like mature champagne, this really is about at peak now. Layered, complex and mature. Finely balanced, wonderfully refined. Bright acidity. Hints of cream and quince, citrus, dry honey and ginger. Fresh and clean, wonderfully refreshing. Great length. A magnificent champagne, sheer class!
  • 97p

You have apple, grapefruit, a touch of straw almost on the lovely bouquet. It opens with a suave silkiness, vibrant minerality, and notes of pears. Just a touch of tartness at the mid palate, smooth, zesty, flowers and soft spices harmonize brilliantly. Light oxidative notes that add to the nuance, creamy, with a nicely invigorating mousse. Some orange blossom and honey on the finale, which is balanced, focused and gently intense. This should develop attractively for another decade. 94 Points+

  • 94p
Golden, tiny bubbles, smoky, yeast, orange marmalade over fresh apples, flinty and minerals. Fresh and high acidity, elegant mousse, perfect balance, very long. 96
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1988  ( 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."

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 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1988  ( Moët & Chandon )

"One of the best tastings ever. Cristal 88 rosé "

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  Dom Pérignon 1988  ( Moët & Chandon )

"Delicious tasting of 1988. Just got to love the vintage! Go Crissie Rosé!"

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