The most recognizable luxury brand of champagne Dom Perignon has introduced its 2005 vintage range of exceptional quality and ‘never-before-seen maturity’ limited number of bottles. The wine comes after a good harvest and comes in two versions – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The company prides itself on maintaining the most rigorous standards of quality control to ensure the beverage stays as rich and dense in flavour as possible. To do this every single bottle is individually disgorged and hand-tested, guarantying that every batch receives the care and attention needed to maintain the brand’s reputation.
What makes the 2005 vintage so unique is its aromatic intensity that is courtesy of a bouquet of savoury fruits and spices – it comprises mostly black fruit and notes of praline and coriander. The spicy flower finish complements beautifully the rich and dense palette of the wine. It retails for £130 a bottle compared to the 2004 Vintage, which sells for $169 and the 1998 P2, a bottle of which is $375.
The Chardonnay exhibits an unusually high percentage – 62% – but it offsets the intensity of the Pinot Noir. The 2005 vintage has been described as cross between two earlier ranges – the 2002 and 2003 as it combines their best features into one superb, deep and intense flavour. It is light and fresh with a rich and lasting intensity. The effect of extended less aging is noticeable and it is an interesting expression of the brand’s evolution.
Held at the historic private residence of Les Trois Etage, the first tasting of the 2005 vintage captivated the public with its unique qualities in improved flavour consistency. Having evolved into something special, the most captivating feature of the wine is the harmony that results from layers of added complexity without compromising the freshness and vitality of the beverage.