2006 Brut Champagne Moët & Chandon
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
One of the real surprises in this tasting, the 2006 Dom Pérignon comes across as very tightly wound and intense, which is probably a very good thing for its potential longevity. The sensation of tannins is quite present today. Ripe and intense but also held in check by its tannic heft, the 2006 is in no mood to show all of its cards. Stylistically, the 2006 is similar to the 2003 in its phenolic intensity, but more finessed. Readers should be in no rush with the 2006, a Champagne that has closed down quite a bit since it was first released. Rating: 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Jul 2017)
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Champagne Moët & Chandon
Claude Moët founded the famous Champagne House in 1743. Their reputation was secured by his grandson Jean-Rémy Moët who was friendly with and, thus, received the endorsement of Napoleon. Jean-Rémy handed the business on to his son Victor Moët and son-in-law Pierre-Gabriel Chandon de Briailles and Moët et Cie became Moët & Chandon. The first vintage of Dom Perignon was the 1921, released in 1936, and it was the first De-Luxe cuvée on the market. Quite dramatic post-War expansion turned Moët & Chandon into the drinks and luxury goods company LVMH.
When it’s really time to celebrate, Dom Pérignon delivers a silky, polished glass of fizz. It has a hint of white flowers and citrus notes, with a deft lightness that is a delight. Stock up and pull out on the really special festive occasions. Will Lyons, The Sunday Times (Dec 2016)
Very tightly knit. On the nose one of the most characteristic Dom Pérignons to have come my way for a while. Both pungently smoky and tense with some broad brioche notes as well as a suggestion of lime zest. On the palate it's quite a contrast to all the Extra Bruts I have been tasting recently! Much richer on the palate entry though there is delicate lemon-cream refreshment on the mid palate. Very fine bead and satisfying aftertaste that builds even if I'm pretty sure this aspect of the wine will become more emphatic with time in bottle. Bravo! Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 18.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Nov 2015)
‘It’s not often you fall backwards when a wine is first launched on the market. This time both me and my friends, who got to try this jewel at my champagne bar, fell in love instantly. It is all here so beautifully orchestrated in this incredibly well-balanced and flowing rich symphony. It is so voluptuously charming and welcoming immediately, but at the same time so complex that the interest in what you will discover in the next gulp never ceases. Here are all the pillars that I perceive a Dom Pérignon should have. A gigantic large and intense aroma, a silk caressing structure and a dazzling grand finale. Notes from the sea, roasted nuts, coffee, brioche, tropical green fruits, stone fruit, green apples, sweet orange citrus, gunpowder, nougat, mushroom cream and black truffle are all there like a perfectly tailored tuxedo. Love at first sight.’ Rating: 94-97 Richard Juhlin, Decanter, Champagne Guide (Oct 2015)
The 2006 Dom Pérignon is a beautifully balanced, harmonious Dom Pérignon that strikes an incredibly appealing stylistic middle ground. Rich, voluptuous and creamy, the 2006 shows off fabulous intensity in a style that brings together the ripeness of 2002 with the greater sense of verve and overall freshness that is such a signature of the 2004. Bass notes and a feeling of phenolic grip on the finish recall the 2003, as the Pinot Noir is particularly expressive today. After an irregular summer that saw elevated temperatures in July followed by cooler, damp conditions in August, more favorable weather returned in September, pushing maturation ahead and leading to a long, protracted harvest. The 2006 falls into the family of riper, more voluptuous Dom Pérignons, but without veering into the level of opulence seen in vintages such as 2002. Drinking range: 2016 - 2046 Rating: 97 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Oct 2015)
Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy says - The immediate impression is of the mildness of the pure, airy, bright bouquet. A floral, fruity pastel tone then unfolds and quickly darkens into candied fruit, ripe hay and toasty notes, along with hints of licorice. The wine’s opulence – contained and succulent, round at heart – reveals itself in the mouth. The envelope slides and stretches, and the wine becomes more complex and edgy, silkier than it is creamy. The whole eventually melts into an exquisite bitterness tinged with the briny taste of the sea. Winemaker's notes (Oct 2015)
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