London Launch of Dom Perignon 2004

Jun 09, 13 London Launch of Dom Perignon 2004

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The Dom Perignon 2004 was an “effortless” wine to make, according to Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy. Richard was elucidating on the 2004 during a recent presentation here in London. 2004 was a very good year for grapes, unlike 2003 where just about everything conspired against the vines. For Richard, the challenge was to bring out the character of the grapes in 2004, that year was all about the blending. He compared recent vintages, 2002, 2003, and 2004  and for him, it’s all about the challenge of making a cool climate wine in hot years, something that is occurring with more and more frequency as climate change seems to be taking hold. Although Dom Perignon has a “style”, they are constantly striving for a “re-invention” of what is a Dom Perignon champagne. We then tasted the 2004 and it was although it was a very different champagne from the recent vintages, it still had that DP finesse and elegance. This one however, differed greatly from the 2003, being much more soft and understated. Extremely aromatic at first, with a fresh, mineral nose of spices, dried flowers and, as it developed in the glass, orange blossoms. A soft champagne with very fine bubbles, the 2004 whispers elegance. A fine minerality runs through it along with white peach and citrus notes. This is a champagne that is going to evolve and upon reflection, probably even more so then the 2003. Along with the 2004, we were served a variety of dishes as DP believe that their champagne while often served as an aperitif is best when served with food. The best pairing of the event was the wild sorrel and lemon sole dish – although there was no anise in the dish, that’s all I could taste. Amazingly, it all came from the champagne, a triumph of food and wine matching. I loved it. Of course, we also had caviar, as Richard said, “I cannot think of a Dom Perignon experience without caviar…” I couldn’t agree...

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Dom Perignon 2002 rose – Intensely sublime

Jan 30, 13 Dom Perignon 2002 rose – Intensely sublime

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Looking forward to trying the latest release of Dom Perignon rosé, the 2002? Well, too late. It was released yesterday in the UK and the entire allocation is gone!  That was fast but after being one of the lucky ones to be invited to the launch yesterday at Leighton House Museum, I can see why it flew off the shelves. When the cellar master himself, Richard Geoffroy, says that the 2002 rose is “one of the closest to the ideal” of what a rosé champagne should be, it’s not surprising that it’s been snapped up so quickly. Yesterday was the launch of the 2002 rosé here in the UK at Leighton House Museum. It was rather fitting that the launch was in Leighton House as the musuem is treasure trove of priceless Islamic tiles that Lord Leighton collected in his lifetime. Very apropos considering the official world wide launch of the 2002 was in Istanbul last week. We were seated around a square pond in the Arab Hall, which puts one very much in mind of the sitting room of a Turkish palace. And in the middle of the room, Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy walked us through our first tasting of the 2002 rosé. Richard believes that the 2002 is a statement about pinot noir, that it is about intensity and volume, a full bodied wine with room for creamy expansion. One thing that did surprise me about the rosé was the colour. I would expect a rosé that is over 10 years old to be showing it’s age but the 2002 was still looking very youthful. It was a bright strawberry hue and could easily have been mistaken for a much younger wine. So what did I think of the rosé? It was an intense wine. I think I wrote on my FB wall something about it being the Christopher Walken of rosé champagne. And it is – smouldering & intense with deep fruit flavours and aromas – cherry, black cherry, smoke, iodine,...

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Podcast – Champagne (mostly) and a bit of Paris…

Feb 09, 12 Podcast – Champagne (mostly) and a bit of Paris…

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The Winesleuth is venturing into the world of podcasting. This is my first effort and I’m still learning how to use everything so bear with me, they will get a bit more polished as time goes by. The aim of this podcast is not necessarily to be educational, although, if you do learn something, that’s great! This is basically a chat show about wine. I get to talk to so many interesting people everyday and thought, I really should record this stuff. It’s not “irreverant” (which seems to be all the rage in wine shows nowadays) nor dry as dust (I hope) just people with a passion for and about wine, talking about it. Whether they’re winemakers, producers, sommeliers, etc. if I’ve met them, you’re bound to find them on this podcast. Click on this link for the podcast…. Champagne(mostly) with The Winesleuth In this podcast, The Winesleuth chats with the Head Sommelier of Le Meurice in Paris, Estelle Touzet, about Le Meurice’s food and wine matching event, Nocturnes, talks about the recent declaration of the 2003 DP vintage with Chef de Cave of Dom Perignon, Richard Geoffroy and goes to Champagne to visit the growers champagne, Champagne Tarlant, where I get to drink with one of the 12th generation of Tarlants, Melanie. Comments? Questions? Leave me a comment in the comments section.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Via hologram Dom Perignon declares 2003 vintage

Dec 08, 11 Via hologram Dom Perignon declares 2003 vintage

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2003 was a tough year to be a grape in Champagne. First they had to contend with an unusually cold winter followed by a deceptively warm spring only to be zapped by hail and not once, but twice by frost, the worst of which was on April 11th destroying up to 3/4 of the Côte des Blancs Chardonnay crop. To add insult to injury that was followed by one of the hottest summers for 53 years. They say that the vines should suffer but honestly, this was almost too much for even the hardiest vine. The grapes that managed to survive were harvested at the earliest date since records began in 1822. Chef de Cave, Richard Geoffroy felt despite the adverse conditions that he could make a wine worthy of Dom Perignon and even calls the 2003 vintage a “Challenge to Creation”.  The 2003 was unveiled at a simultaneously transmitted event in 5 cities, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and London. Although there was a video hookup, Richard was also present via hologram, too cool for school. He took questions from the various cities and commented that it was… “a real challenge for the creation of Dom Pérignon. I needed to interpret it differently. It was a risk, a push-back of the boundaries, which may be rewarded now. My wish is for Dom Pérignon to remain in the history of Champagne as one of the greatest witnesses of the 2003 Vintage.” So how did the 2003 fare? Speaking to various champagne professionals who were present, the wine was certainly not typical Dom Perignon. That’s not to say it did not have merit but it was a different beast, starting off with a nutty and candied fruit nose, dipping into licorice notes on the palate – a surprisingly mineral filled palate, a hint of salinity at the end, a vibrant wine, drinking well now but one that has aging capacity. Drinking it on it’s own we were able to appreciate the nuances of the...

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