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  • Country ranking ?

    677
  • Producer ranking ?

    66
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2025
  • Food Pairing

    Pumpkin soup & fresh from the Royal vegetable garden

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The Story

DOM PÉRIGNON OENOTHÈQUE  / As the custodian of Dom Pérignon’s history and style, Geoffroy watches over a few samples of each vintage in his OEnothèque, the Chef de Cave’s wine cellar. In the OEnothèque, the wine continues to mature for years and even decades, and is reborn with each metamorphosis of time, for Dom Pérignon is unanimously recognized for its impressive aging potential. As Geoffroy puts it, “Dom Pérignon OEnothèque is the ultimate expression of a wine whose style defies time.”

Geoffroy’s commitment to the OEnothèque program, which began with the 1990 Vintage, involves ongoing personal research on each vintage. The effect of time on the bottled wine retains its share of mystery and surprise even for him.

Dom Pérignon keeps pushing one step further, sometimes rewriting the rules, to pave the path for renewed experiences. So does Œnothèque, glorifying the exclusive process of actively aging a wine on its lees to offer a magnified style through re-releases. Œnothèque prolongs the character of the original Vintage wine, coming ever closer to the ideal of Dom Pérignon. The patience of wine lovers is now rewarded with a deeper, more intimate discovery and perception of Dom Pérignon. The current Vintage is put in proper perspective by giving a glimpse of the aging potential. It would now be virtually impossible for me to imagine Dom Pérignon without its Œnothèque expression.

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Wine Information

DOM PÉRIGNON
OENOTHÈQUE 1990

THE HARVEST
After a particularly rapid spurt in vegetation growth, the Champagne region is hit hard by spring frosts in April. Blossoming is therefore difficult in the cold and rainy conditions. Blossom drop and uneven grape development are only compensated by the large number of bunches and the wide branches. A heat wave summer then sets in and remains until the generous downpours in the days leading up to the harvest, (on 11 September). The musts boast an exceptional composition and homogenous quality; throughout the Champagne region.



The Perfect Glass for Œnothèque

A small portion of each vintage is kept longer on the lees and released at its second peak in maturity at around 15 to 20 years, or its third peak at 30 years. Evolved and magnified, Oenotheque is more complex and intense.
Œnothèque | Serving conditions

The Authentis glass, the perfect partner for Dom Pérignon OEnothèque style, showcases the wine’s balance as well as its secrets. Its clean lines and precisely designed shape allow the wine to express the intensity of its aromas and its concentration and length on the palate. This glass created for experts gives Dom Pérignon OEnothèque the space it needs to express itself, allowing it to open up fully after a few minutes.

Best kept at 10° to 12°

Tasting at 12-14°C

Spiegelau Authentis glass

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Vintage 1990

Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2014 2012 2010 2005
671€ +3.2% 650€ +3.3% 629€ +20.5% 522€ +43.0% 365€ +176.5% 132€

This data comes from the FINE Auction Index, a composite of average prices for wines sold at commercial auctions in 20 countries. The average prices from each year have been collected since 1990. This chart plots the index value of the average price of the wines.

Tasting note

color

Deep and Gold

flavors

Coffee and Creamy

nose

Fresh

Written Notes

For several years I’ve run into late disgorged versions of older vintages of Dom Pérignon, with half the dosage and a few years of bottle aging after disgorging. The date of disgorging has, in exemplary fashion, been stated on the back of the label. Now Richard Geoffroy has tired of the constant questions about these wines and decided to check the release of these Champagnes himself—in order to make sure that they are absolutely at their peak when the customer enjoys the wine. The label is impressive, with a black background and classic “Dom” shape. The wines are a kind of Dom Pérignon R. D. Personally, I think that Dom Pérignon—with its toasted, reductive style—is better suited as a late disgorged wine than Bollinger’s oxidative, beefy Champagnes. The autolytic mushroom-smelling character is never very intrusive with Dom Pérignon. Strangely enough, this wine tasted slightly coarser than the normally disgorged version. Briliant in magnum!

Very youthful and elegant with typical Dom Pérignon finesse. It will be a pleasure to follow the internal development of the ’88 and ’90. A great debut for Richard Geoffroy! Seductively tasty coffee roasted with silky smoothness and uniform harmonious creamy elegance. Larger and more beautiful than the regular bottling.  Toasty coffee aromas in magnum, and like a great Chablis grand cru in regular bottle. Absolutely lovely on the magnum and pure magic together with avocado cream and caviar.

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About the food, that is. I write about the wines. We started with three bubblies, the first of which was a 1990 Dom Perignon Oenotheque. It had that pungent Oenoethque thing happening, the cat’s pee and spice box mélange. Its acidity was excellent and also pungent, and it was obviously fresh, but a bit linear and a touch horsey. It was great, don’t get me wrong, and I know there are many that feel the ’75 Oeno is the best thing since the Internet, but I just have to say that when I drink a bottle of Oeno, I taste the ‘Oeno’ more than the vintage. Maybe that’s a good thing, I don’t know. Will have to get back to you in 20+ years (94+).
  • 94p

Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1990 / Big, ripe expression with gingerbread, roasted hazelnuts, straw, green apple and sea notes, complemented by gunpowdery complexity. Broad, almost oily textured yet fresh palate, with the softest mousse. Mature but healthy and fruity. Disgorged 2007.

  • 95p
N: fragrant, gunpowder (ruuti) P: generous Ending: refreshing, finely integrated mousse IN a nutshell: eternally young Final verdict: a youthful, hearty masterpiece
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Information

Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

30min

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