2009 Brut Champagne Moët & Chandon

Grapes Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Vintage
District Champagne
ABV 12.5%

Tasted last week at its' 'terribly smart' UK launch, the 2009 Dom Perignon surprised and pleased us more than we had expected. 2009 was unusually warm and this is not always great in Champagne, but, according to Dom Pérignon’s chef de caves, Richard Geoffroy - lessons have been learned after a run of warm years, most notably the very tricky 2003. ‘Dom Pérignon 2009 would not be the triumph it is today without the experience of making the 2003,’ he said. Indeed, at first tasting - there is great brightness and perk here, a citrus zip I had not anticipated. In the mouth the weight and texture build, some good peachy notes emerge and then a more savoury, brioche-like edge comes in to play. This is well balanced and flows nicely. Much more restrained than I imagined or than I remember the 2003 being at this early stage. Monsieur Geoffroy explained that DP is not aiming for cut and edge like so many of their prestige rivals, they are looking for depth, a 'verticality' to the wine - and in 2009 it would seem this is what they have achieved. Although a baby now this should grow into something really rather good in 5-15 years time. L&S (Sep 2017)

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100% grand and premier cru vineyards. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Seven years' ageing on lees. Dosage 4 g/l. Nutty. Well integrated. A very attractive wine. Not too austere. Real complexity. Pungent. So precisely built! Very long. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2018)

Just being released. Very pale, very youthful nose. Lots of zest and freshness. Introvert and tight. But approachable in terms of texture. The flavour is not fully formed yet but it’s already a pleasure to drink from the point of view of balance, presumably thanks to the relatively low acidity. Light hint of bitterness on the end. Length. Palate-enrobing! Lovely texture. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 18+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - 2017)

Released before the ‘tighter’ 2008, the standout character of the 2009 according to chef de cave Richard Geoffroy is ‘fruit, glorious, fruit’. With its floral nose, taffeta texture and linear finish, this balances power and restraint with precision and charm. Rating: 97 Steven Spurrier(Sep 2017)

The 2009 Dom Pérignon is a gorgeous, totally seductive Champagne that will drink well right out of the gate. Medium in body and unusually open-knit at this stage, the 2009 is one of the most accessible young Dom Pérignons I can remember tasting. It is an excellent choice to drink while waiting for the release of the stellar 2008 and some recent vintages that remain very young, including the 2006. Despite the warm, ripe personality of the 2009 Dom Pérignon is quite gracious, but there is plenty of depth underpinning the fruit. With each successive tasting, the 2009 seems to have gained more power and breadth, especially on the finish. Above all else, the 2009 is decidedly restrained for a warm, radiant vintage. It is not as overtly flamboyant as the 2002 nor as phenolically intense as years like 2003 and 2006. Instead, the 2009 is a beautifully balanced Champagne, with all of its elements in the right place. Tasted three times. Drinking range: 2017 - 2049 Rating: 94+ Antonio Galloni, 2017)

Unbroken sun through August and early September helped to shape an idyllic harvest, on 12th September. Superb maturity of fruit in flawless health has produced a wine with wafting scents of both fresh and confit of spiced lemon and wild cherry. Despite the heat, the wine has freshness, vitality and length. Still a youngster, this will grow greatly by 2019. A more stylish son of the '03, and cousin of the slender and charming '06. Disgorged June 2016.” Michael Edwards. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 96 Decanter Magazine(May 2017)

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.

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