98 Point Brilliance!
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. The unpredictable seasons of 2012, their force and generosity shaped an outstanding olfactory landscape imbued with remarkable variety. A year full of paradoxes for winemaking, 2012 gave birth to a great vintage, surmounting multiple challenges. Combining intensity, contained tautness and extreme contradictions, the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2012 blend reveals a unique structure, resonating to the rhythm of controlled energy, channeled by an acidity and bitterness that burst forth magnificently. The nose is full and varied, mingling flowers with fruit, and the vegetal with the mineral. The bouquet is tactile, subtly enticing us along a trail of powdery white flowers and nectareous apricot, followed by the freshness of rhubarb and mint and the minerality of ash. Energy dominates on the palate. After a welcoming opening, the wine quickly becomes vibrant and then literally explodes with a surge of effervescence and tonicity. Focused by acidic and bitter notes, the finish brings a penetrating tautness marked by ginger, tobacco and toasted accents.
“What a magnificent bouquet for this Dom Pérignon 2012!”
– Decanter, 98 points
“The 2012 Dom Pérignon is a dense, powerful wine. I am almost shocked by its vinous intensity and raw, unbridled power.”
– Vinous, 97 points
“So wonderfully fresh, linear and long. Racy and elegant.”
– James Suckling, 97 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.”
– The Wine Advocate, 96+ points
“A bright, finely-knit and harmonious version, with a lovely, raw silk-like mousse, and a lasting, expressive finish.”
– The Wine Spectator, 96 points