2012 DOM PERIGNON Vintage Brut Champagne

$209.90

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750 ML
For Dom Pérignon, assemblage is paramount in the champagne elaboration process. Starting with the vine itself, this is the creative gesture that draws on contrasts and paradoxes, contradictions and synergies through intuitive and inventive research to reveal the true nature of each vintage.

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In 1668, 19-year-old Dom Pierre Pérignon chose to spend the rest of his life as a Benedictine monk in the monastery of Hautvillers. At the time, monks were the biggest landowners and in fact produced the wine of the time.

Dom Pierre Pérignon devoted his life to the monastery – and fortunately also to winemaking.

He was cellar master at Hautvillers until his death in 1715, and his many years of dedication to winemaking have left a mark on our times. It was he, who explored different grapes and found that Pinot Noir was well suited to the French climate. And it was he, who decided to blend grapes to make more complex wines.

Description

Dom Pérignon is vintage champagne only. Each vintage is a creation, singular and unique, that expresses both the character of the year, and the character of Dom Pérignon.
After at least eight years of elaboration in the cellars, the wine embodies the perfect balance of Dom Pérignon, the Plénitude of harmony. The global shortage of Champagne has made Dom Perignon into a fantastic investment opportunity. So it pays to hold on when there is an opportunity to acquire investment-grade Champagne while they are still on the market. One thing is certain: If you want to get in from the start, now is the time.

James Suckling – 97 Points

“Wonderful elegance and balance to this Dom Pérignon with cooked apple, lemon and hints of white pepper and salt. It’s medium-bodied with really fine bubbles and balance. Spicy at the end. So wonderfully fresh, linear and long. Racy and elegant. A DP that invites to drink right now. All about finesse. Tension, too, with precise phenolics and bright acidity on the back palate. Subtle energy. Drinkable now, but will develop beautifully in the bottle. 05/21 —James Suckling

Vinous Media – 97 Points

“The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power. The 2012 reminds me of the 2003, but with more finesse and not quite as pushed. Mildew, rain and frost were challenges and resulted in low yields, something that was further compounded by warm, dry weather that concentrated the fruit even more. Those qualities result in a dense Dom Pérignon endowed with real phenolic intensity. It is one of the most reticent young Doms I can remember tasting, I wouldn’t even think of opening a bottle for at least a few years.” 05/21 —Antonio Galloni

Wine Advocate – 96+ Points

“The 2012 Dom Pérignon has turned out very well indeed, unwinding in the glass with notes of Anjou pear, smoke, toasted nuts, freshly baked bread and crisp stone fruit. Medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, it’s still tightly wound, its incipiently fleshy core of fruit framed by racy acids and chalky grip, complemented by a classy pinpoint mousse. A touch drier and a touch less reductive than the 2008 out of the gates, these two vintages are clearly destined to be compared for some time to come; but at this early stage, my instinct is that the 2012 will have the edge in the long term.” 09/21 —William Kelley

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