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    275
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    13
  • Decanting time

    10min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    enjoy without food

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The Story

“Dom Perignon’s creation is centered upon its absolute dedication to vintage wines. Each Vintage wine is created from the best grapes grown in one single year – a true challenge for a unique interpretation of the seasons, and for reinvention. The uniqueness of Dom Perignon vintages lies in the way they evolve – not steadily and in a linear way but by successive windows of expression that are called “Plenitudes”. Reaching new heights and revealing the spirit of Dom Perignon even more distinctly, it is only at these times that the wine is worthy of a new release.

Dom Pérignon wines follow the rhythm of three plénitudes: the first after seven years maturing on their lees; the second between eleven and twenty years; and the third beyond twenty. In the darkness of our cellars, from one plénitude to the next, Dom Pérignon will grow and blossom, transmuting time into energy….to reach the third plénitude, when the spirit of Dom Pérignon fully reveals itself. At this stage, Dom Pérignon’s complexity becomes unsurpassed. The lineage of all the vintages in their third plénitude represents the living memory of Dom Pérignon, transmitting this heritage through generations of Chefs de Cave.

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After an astonishingly mild winter and early, rapid flowering of the vines, the 1988 vintage was marked by a summer of alternating heavy rain and high temperatures.

The philosophy, vision and spirit of Dom Pérignon are incarnated in his Manifesto, a document which explains the ten basic principles guiding winemaking at the House. Dom Pérignon can only be a vintage and blended. Each year, the Chef de Cave reinvents the House style with different grapes, creating a unique vintage, a perfect balance between the expression of Dom Pérignon and the expression of the vintage itself. It is made using a subtle blend of two grape varieties – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – which are taken from the very best vineyards in Champagne. The wines owe their complexity to the slow ripening of the grapes, which conserves freshness while revealing new aromas and new textures with the passing of time. These aromas, which develop in the wines as they are protected from oxygen during the aging process, guarantee exceptional cellaring potential and a characteristic minerality which is an aromatic signature of the House.

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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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The P3 concept is out of this world. Every single wine transforms into perfection with time under the wings of Richard Geoffroy. This magnum in Versailles and on the beach of Seine in full moon might be the best rosé I have ever drank.

  • 99p

This great wine, with its extreme finesse, is a sign of the delicate personality of its textures and flavours. An aromatic charm with a rare mineral dimension, marries well with beautiful creamy poultry, in particular poulet de Bresse or langoustines royales. The palate displays a measured strength which is delicate and charming at the same time, and with a harmonious maturing of flavours.

  • 98p

Salmon. Some red berries, minerals, light brioche note, elegant and detailed nose. Fresh acidity, apples, minerals, bright, fresh and lively, brioche and minerals, detailed, long. 94

  • 94p

Medium-intense pink to rose red colour. Rich and refined nose with ripe cherries, wild strawberries, gentle toastiness and perfumed floral tones – violets. Dry and crisp on palate with broad bready texture and long lingonberry finish. Energetic and vivid champagne that benfits for further bottle ageing in Magnum size format. Drink 2020-2028. – JL – Aug 25, 2018

  • 95p

A wine of great composure, lavish yet poised at the same time. You have cherries, some brioche, strawberries and a touch of citrus on the nose. It opens with a silky ebullience, cranberries and a touch of honey wash over the palate. The mousse is precise, palate dappling and gently vital. The mineral notes are quite vivid at and past the mid palate. Almost like a herald for the red Burgundy with some wild strawberries emerging, more cranberries, a bit of orange rind. This is a fascinating expression of terroir, wine-making and development. You have just a touch of smokiness, then truffles and red fruit embrace on a dazzling, energizing finish of lovely appeal and persistence. 96 Points+

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Reims, Champagne

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